Rugby league icon Johnathan Thurston identified the Manly Sea Eagles’ slow reaction to mistakes as their main concern, following their hidden 46-6 at the hands of the scorching Penrith Panthers.
As the bottom-seeded Sea Eagles fell to a fourth straight loss to start the season, they recorded just two more mistakes than the reigning Premiers, going 10-to-eight for the Panthers.
But those mistakes burned Manly as Penrith, mostly through a deadly left edge starred by Viliame Kikau, Jarome Luai, Matt Burton and Brian To’o, ran in eight tries and doomed the Sea Eagles to their heaviest. defeat of history at Brookvale Oval.
Thurston broke through that house during Nine’s post-game coverage of the fourth round opener.
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“They’ve got a really soft stomach right now. They make one mistake and then they’ll concede another, a six again, but they don’t defend it and that leads to tryouts,” Thurston said.
“So that’s where the leaders have to take control of the game and get the ball to the other end of the pitch. Every time they tried to come out on their own, they would change or it was just a simple pass. before and they just make mistakes and put themselves under the pump.
“The No.7 and No.6 really need to get this team moving and just pass the ball to the other end. When they kicked early and got the Panthers out on their side, they looked pretty defensive. “
Former Jillaroos star Allana Ferguson agreed with the North Queensland Cowboys.
“There was a really big difference in the way the two teams handled those mistakes. Penrith defended and put pressure on the back, but what Manly did was make those mistakes … Then they concede points, ”Ferguson said.
“It’s about being in those moments, your effort and your attitude towards the game. You can’t afford to let so many points in on the back of mistakes. You have to stand up straight and beat you hard. “
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