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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 13 Jul 2007 09:23:00 GMT
The Phantom who was a tad askew with his footy verdict bon the Eels and Knights game on Monday night has vowed to bounce back by nominating Manly to defeat the Tigers on Friday night at Brookvale Oval.

The Sea Eagles need to change three things if they can win the competition. Jamie Lyon must not be in the starting team. At five-eighth he jolts the attack with his chinking runs in attack and he doesn't work well with Matt Orford at halfback.

My mail is Steve Matai won't play against the Tigers, as his troublesome neck problem has flared again. Matai is a special player for the Eagles.

His arrow straight running down the left handside of the field with attacking raids of Anthony Watmough makes Manly a 10 point better team.

Lyon needs to play left centre .It’s as simple as that.

Matai can also play lock - a position I believe which is where he will switch too in future seasons.

Travis Burns will come into the team at pivot - the Orford and Burns combination is the right one for the Sea Eagles.

Steve Menzies has been named on the bench and when he gets to full fitness will return to starting back row.

Manly don't lack speed as some pundits suggest.

The problem coach Des Hasler has is sometimes his team take wrong options inside an opposition quarter-line.

Orford thinks too much at times and doesn't ``simply play footy.''


I think Manly's defence is a holding type of defence that will worry the Tigers smooth, high-skilled and fast moving passing game.

When teams which play ``up and in defence'' against the Tigers, the use of long passes and changes of angle in attack prises teams open.

Manly's line slides, holds and shuffles before making the tackle.


The Wests Tigers have been one of the form sides of the competition and are the most versatile.

Tim Sheens _ the high priest of precision attack, player and position rotation _ has the Tigers working very stringently to the structures of the
team.

Also, the Tigers can play ``add lib football'' better than any team in the competition.

If they need to play a flat line style and ``square'' towards the defensive team they do so.


Hooker Robbie Farah loves playing first receiver and even when with number nine on his back, spends time as first receiver like an additional halfback or in the dummy-half role.

Sheens schools his players in several positions to suit the side.

Taniela Tuiaki last week wore number five on his back but played like a second rower down the left hand side of the field as Chris Lawrence, who
wore number 13 on his back - played left wing.

Former Dutch superstar soccer player and world cup player Johan Cruyff developed the ``total football'' concept in the 1970s with the Netherlands.

His simple belief was all soccer players on the field who attack and defend equally as well, they were coached as all-rounders who apply all the skills of the game at the appropriate time.

Sheens has done this with the Tigers.
I like Manly to outmuscle the Tigers at Brookvale Oval. I think Manly by six points in a high scoring affair. - Read More, Here