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The Rock-itt : August 2011
Yabba, dabba, doo, I’m really enjoying the view! Yes, it’s nice to be looking down the ladder instead of looking up as we are now in 2 nd position on the NRL ladder board with thirty one sleeps to the start of the finals. The Sea Eagles are looking okay, although not at their best but we don’t want to peak too early. They are winning games and that’s what we want, although once finals time comes around, it all goes back to square one. This is the m ost dangerous tim e of the season for even the top guns because a bolter can come from eighth position and win the competition, knocking off the team which has virtually led right from April. Our halves combination of Foran and Cherry-Evans are proving to be very solid as is the combination of Glen Stewart and Jamie Lyon. I think that this is the best season I have seen Glen play with his attack dynamic and defence brilliance. He seems to be everywhere on the park and is feeding anyone who wants to run off him and there are a lot of hands going up to be alongside him. Jamie Lyon certainly has the vigour and skills to work with Glen and they are motivating the rest of the side with their lead by example approach to their gam e. One of my favourite Sea Eagles, Steve Matai, is also back on the park after suspension and isn’t he m aking a difference. With Steve running the left and Jamie Lyon running the right side of the field, the strength in attack is awesome. Then bring George Rose, Jason King and Brent Kite up the middle and you have one hell of an attacking force. Add Choc Watmough and Brett Stewart hovering in the background like vultures ready to pick up anything that is available to feed our flankers and the opposition is shot to pieces. Now that’s the good stuff. The real truth follows. Okay, all things aside, if we are going to win this year’s grand final, first of all our defence must be better than anyone else. Next we m ust be able to beat Storm next time up as well as Saints and Cowboys. These teams are our bogeymen and if we can’t get over the top of them then all the hard work put in by every man, woman and dog in the club as well as the support from the Sea Eagle punters, will have been in vain. There have been some lapses in concentration over the last few weeks at crucial tim es in the matches which have almost cost us the game. For some unknown reason as was the case with Souths for instance, we had them shot to pieces minutes from the half tim e break yet gave them a sniff that we were becoming slightly complacent and they began running all over us. But it has happened time and again this season and if Dezzy Hasler doesn’t suss this one out before finals tim e then we will be just a bridesmaid come wedding day. If