KIERAN Foran says he’s facing the best halves in the NRL on Friday – but he’s adamant fatigue and injuries won’t stop Manly.
The Sea Eagles’ dressing room after their bruising 24-18 win over Cronulla on Friday resembled a casualty ward, with knee injuries to Anthony Watmough and Jamie Lyon and a long-standing broken hand to Brent Kite among the casualties.
It led to predictions the Sea Eagles would be little more than cannon fodder to the Souths advance at ANZ Stadium.
“I don’t think it’s such a bad thing,” Foran tells RLW when asked about the Sea Eagles’ two brutal finals games so far.
“Everyone’s talking about ‘do we have enough left in the tank’. You’ve just got to play every game as if it’s your last now. You’ve just got to play every game as if it’s your last now.
“We know what we have to do, we know we don’t have enough time to dwell on the tough games that we’ve had. We’ve just got to get ourselves as up as we can for the Souths game and I’m really confident in this group that we can do that.”
Foran’s halves partner, Daly Cherry Evans, has probably been the player of the finals so far. But the Kiwi international says: “On Sutton and Reynolds, I think they’ve been the form halves in the comp all year.
“They’ve been gelling really well, they’re real threats close to the line, they’re both different styles but they’re composed players. If we’re going to beat Souths, we’ve got to shut them down for sure.
“Daly’s performance was really massive. I thought he really stepped up, came up with crucial plays at crucial times and I thought he played a massive role tonight in us getting the win.”
Despite their obstacles, Manly still have improvement in them according to their pivot.
“I wouldn’t say it was our greatest performance. It felt like we probably let some soft tries in. We probably didn’t play to our full potential.
“But I think after the game last week, it was still a massive effort to come out and get the win, especially against a quality Sharks side that threw everything at us.
“We’re not at our highest point yet but that’s not to say we can’t, in seven days, get there.”
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