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The Rock-itt : April 2010
With the first 3 rounds of the 2010 Rugby League season completed, our Manly Sea Eagles are finally showing signs of the good things to come. After two shock losses in a row to the Tigers and Eels, our Eagles came back to trounce the Knights convincingly. Coach Des Hasler, known for his strict fitness policy, has had our maroon and whites on the go, training hard since Christmas being an important factor that will pay off further down the track as the season progresses. In rounds one and two we did a complete turnaround in comparison to the start of last season, by leading convincingly but being run down in the final stanza of the games. In past seasons, the Sea Eagles have had a poor record for getting wins under their belt early in the season, which has had them play catch--up football for the rest of the year. But if they can get some more wins under their belt early on, it may take the pressure off and give them more time to implement their game plan rather than worry about trying to stay with the pace. The loss of last year's great half and Skipper, Matt Orford, showed in the first two losses but that should have been expected. Orford was a class player and a tremendous general on the field. His absence would have been naturally missed until the new brigade kicked in. Whether it was knocking the door off its hinges (did Dessy loosen the screws previously?) of the Parramatta dressing room or the fact that the