1) Will Hopoate still has it
After a very disappointing season last year with the Parramatta Eels, Hopoate illustrated tonight that it took the guidance of Des Hasler to perform at his best. He needed a familiar leader to guide him to his best especially against the first club he represented at this high level. He played a terrific game scoring the second try for the Bulldogs in the 16th minute.
Des Hasler gave him the opportunity to play first grade for Manly Sea Eagles and will no doubt continue to play a huge role for him this season with the Bulldogs.
2) Home Ground ‘Dis’advantage
Manly Sea Eagles hosted the Canterbury Bulldogs tonight and lost. Parramatta Eels hosted Brisbane Broncos last night (first game of the year) and lost. The home ground teams have not had a positive start to 2016. Usually having a ‘home ground advantage’ automatically puts your team infront and allows them to excel infront of majority of their fans, but Manly and Parramatta Eels both only scored one try at home…The familiarity and home ground comfort usually plays a part in how they perform.
Are home ground teams cursed for the remainder of the weekend and only score one try?
3) Josh Morris reaches 100th try milestone
Josh Morris was lucky enough to score his 100th try in the 34th minute of the game. Himself and twin brother Brett Morris, are the only brothers in NRL history to achieve this significant milestone. They are definitely one of the best twins in this terrific game and chasing grubber kicks are their forte’.
He scored off poor Manly defence but didn’t give up and followed through the action which was beneficial and worth four points. His determination and 110% effort is evident throughout the entire game.
4) DCE worth $10 million dollars?
Everyone questioned DCE’s ability to impress without halfback Kieran Foran for the first game and it was clear he missed his usual halves partner in action. A pivotal turning point for the Manly Sea Eagles was when DCE (Daly Cherry Evans) failed to go back to basics and put a penalty kick out on the full. Instead it remained in field and the Bulldogs were able to use the tackle count and momentum to score. He improved his game by running the ball into the defence but was disappointing in his kicking and play making skills. It might take some time for Dylan Walker and DCE to work out a partnership together.
Will Manly Sea Eagles regret trying to keep him for $10,000,000?
IN THE SHEDS
- Chase Stanley -cork
- Adam Elliot- Concussion
- Michael Lichaa- ankle
Chase Stanley (Bulldogs – cork), Michael Lichaa (Bulldogs – ankle). N/a
Manly Sea Eagles 6
Field Goals: Nil
Canterbury Bulldogs 28
Penalty Field Goals: 1/1
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