By STEVE MASCORD
MANLY favourite George Rose says he was already mixing drinks for Mad Monday in his head when Manly were trailing the preliminary final 14-0.
Sitting on the bench as the bunnies got off to a flier, Rose was mentally preparing for his new life as a Melbourne Storm player.
“I was actually sitting there with Jamie Buhrer talking about what sort of drinks we were going to mix up and enjoy tonight,” says Rose.
“We were gonna do it tough. They were fresh.
“I’m stoked. Twenty minutes into the game, I thought the season was over but I’ve got another game to play with my mates so I’m going to make the most of it.”
While Manly’s ability to fight back in seemingly hopeless situations has taken on an almost mystical air, Rosed says it comes down to little more than hard work.
“I’m surprised they (Souths) got as tired as they did but it was from my team-mates who kept turning up, kept running hard, kept tackling hard and slowly wore them down,” he said.
“I know how tough they’ve had it in the last two weeks. There’re blokes playing 80 minutes against these two good sides that we’ve already played – and then they have to do it again.
“I’d love to leave here with a premiership. We’ve got nothing more to play for after next week, We’re going to empty the tank, that’s for sure.”
According to Rose’s team-mate Tom Simmonds: “We probably felt better going into this game than we did going into the Sharkies game.”
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