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The Rock-itt : June 2010
It is certainly becoming a topsy turvy season for our Sea Eagles as they continue down the road that leads to the NRL Holy Grail which will conclude the 2010 competition in October. With a loss to the Eels at Brookie and a win against the Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville last month, our Sea Eagles have been all over the shop with consistency yet are sitting in third place on the NRL ladder board which is really quite amazing. Injury and rep. selection has certainly lent to this erratic behaviour with some of our key players either in a blue jumper or sitting on the sick bench watching the others go round. Keiran Foran's hamstring injury was the most worrying problem in the Manly camp, but now Jamie Lyon, who had a bad upper ankle sprain against the Cowboys, has exacerbated the situation. It was certainly looking good for the Eagles at the start of the season with the blending of Foran and Hodkinson and Lyon and Matai but at this point in time with both backline combinations broken, Hasler is going to have to put something together quick smart if he wants our boys to bring home the two points against the Broncos next round. The Broncos are starting to run into a bit of form with champion skipper, Darren Lockyer, leading the charge. Despite the fact that the game will be played at Brookie, we are down in troops and with only a week to turn things around and get some of our wounded back on the paddock, things are looking a little precarious. If there are any positives to come out of the injury woes it was the inclusion into the first grade squad of debutant, Dean Whare, who notched up three four pointers in his initial first grade game. It will be interesting to see what Dessy Hasler does with him next game. His astounding debut can't be ignored but with Foran coming back into the side and possibly Jamie Lyon passing the fitness test, who will