Sea Eagles followers higher begin organising their “Brooksvale” banners.
Manly coach Anthony Seibold has spoken all pre-season about how he doesn’t need new recruit Luke Brooks to be the primary man in a staff stacked with attacking stars.
However for 40 minutes on a cloudy afternoon in Gosford, the previous Wests Tigers halfback had his fingerprints on the whole lot as Manly thumped a South Sydney facet predominantly made up of reserve graders 68-6.
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The person who by no means performed finals footy throughout his 11 seasons with the Tigers will comfortably finish that drought based mostly on what we noticed in a trial recreation that wasn’t formally a part of the NRL’s pre-season problem.
The Sea Eagles had been up 24-6 at halftime with Brooks organising three tries earlier than he was given an early mark.
It took just some minutes for the five-eighth to weave his magic when he toed via a unfastened ball for Manly’s first attempt, whereas he mixed effectively together with his teammates on the left edge to arrange the primary of Ben Trbojevic’s three first-half tries.
He saved the perfect for final with a peach of a brief ball for his back-rower to walk over on the stroke of halftime, with Brooks solely set to get higher with Daly Cherry-Evans, Tom Trbojevic and Manly’s different massive names again within the facet.
However there might also be just a few complications for Seibold going ahead after controversial backrower Josh Schuster could have a battle on his fingers.
The youngest Trbojevic brother Ben had a superb efficiency which will have Seibold assume twice when he names his squad for Las Vegas.
It’s been a irritating few weeks for Schuster who has battled chickenpox, a damaged finger and a calf damage, and he now faces stiff competitors from the person who simply inked a brand new deal to stick with his brothers.
Trbojevic has lengthy been overshadowed by rep stars Tom and Jake, however he has had an enormous pre-season and it’s paid off with the back-rower crossing thrice within the first half.
The lanky teenager has already struck up an excellent mixture with Brooks and is one good trial away from successful a beginning spot, whereas Jamie Humphreys has put his hand up for the bench utility spot after he scored twice within the second half.
On the opposite facet of the sphere, it was a tricky slog for Souths who solely introduced a few their high 30 gamers to the Central Coast, though will probably be a memorable day for Adam Christensen who scored their solely attempt within the second minute.
Whereas he had a second to have fun on the left, centre associate Taane Milne missed the prospect to push his case for the NRL facet because the Rabbitohs look to exchange the injured Campbell Graham.
Milne could be very skilled however Isaiah Tass is the person almost certainly to start out the season within the backline.
The Fijian worldwide performed proper centre, wing and within the again row on Sunday however barely touched the ball as Manly’s left edge scored a stack of factors down his facet of the sphere.
The Rabbitohs will look a complete lot totally different on Saturday when a few of their massive runs return for the Charity Defend, however they’ll be with out Cody Walker who might miss the journey to Vegas with a calf pressure.