A questionable hamstring might be what decides if Virile make the final this year after missing the boat last season.
RECRUITMENT: Lots of changes after the disappointments of 2020, with Kieran Foran, Josh Aloiai, Andrew Davey, Jason Saab and Christian Tuipulotu bringing new blood.
STRENGTHS: The big players of the Trbojevic brothers, Daly Cherry-Evans, Foran and Marty Taupau – all capable of transforming matches.
WEAKNESSES: Over-reliant on the brilliant Turbo Tom, who only managed seven games with his hamstring problem last season. Ruck offenses are also a concern – the Sea Eagles have committed more than any other team in the league in 2020.
MAN UNDER PRESSURE: Foran – he’s struggled for consistency the past few seasons and a return to his roots at Manly could bring out the best in him.
ONE TO WATCH: Josh Schuster only played one game for Manly last season, but there’s no doubt the young utility full-back is on his way to stardom – and soon.
WHAT THE BOOKS SAY: To win $ 17, to make finals $ 1.85 (via Sportsbet)
WHAT MOLEY SAYS: If Turbo Tom stays healthy, if Schuster realizes his potential, and if Foran finds his old magic, Manly is bound to make the Finals. But that’s a lot of “ifs” – and the best they can finish is at the end of the top eight.
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