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The Rock-itt : May 2011
With the heavens giving us more rain than we deserve it's difficult to say the outcome of a match of rugby league other than hold the ball for God's sake and if Manly want to keep adding the points to their already quite impressive tally on the NRL Ladder Board that's exactly what they have to do. Our defence is good giving us fourth best aggregate in the competition, although nowhere near as good as Broncos and Saint George, which is why they are in first and second spots on the ladder respectively. However, our points" for" are better than both leading teams and give a good indication that we have the attacking skills required. But defence is the essence to any team aiming to go all the way and I hope Des Hasler has the team working overtime before we take on Cowboys in Queensland on Saturday 30th April. On paper, the Cowboys are ahead of us in points in the "for" category by a good 20 points and on their home turf the favour will be in their corner. But let's wait until the full time whistle blows on Saturday night before we make any further predictions. I think it will be a close one. Brett Steward remains sidelined with a niggling hamstring injury which is okay while young Hopoate is in such good form, although it would be nice to have them both on the paddock. When the question of Brett does finally come up again, who will we drop? Both the Williams boys are doing a fine job and it would be a sacrilege to leave Michael Robinson on the bench, so perhaps for now it might be the time to give Brett Stewart that extra bit of time to recover properly. I'm hoping the poachers from other NRL clubs are not going to ruin young Hopoate's career before it begins. Whether its rumours or not about big offers being thrown his way to defect at the end of 2011 from the Sea Eagles is debatable, but if it continues to gain momentum it can be very unbalancing for a man of his age. As far as I am concerned head hunting should not be allowed until the season is finished, then let discussions about who's going where be opened up. Clubs have a hard enough job keeping players focused to win games without outside influences hovering around like vultures disrupting their camp. And players' personal managers really don't