City forward Tom Symonds is anticipating an interesting week with coach Brad Fittler, after he played under the Roosters great while at the Tricolours.
An injury-ravaged Manly side that started with players out of position wasn't expected to trouble the red-hot premiers but put up a fair fight.
When the team sheets came out for Round 1, there was one name in particular, buried in the Intrust Super Premiership lists, that raised a few eyebrows.
The Cowboys have continued their charge with a dominant victory over an injury-ravaged Manly at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.
The final team lists for the Round 9 NRL Telstra Premiership clash between Manly and North Queensland at Brookvale Oval.
After Jame Lyon's mid-week retirement announcement, Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett expects his side to rally around their leader as the Cowboys visit Brookvale.
Matthew Wright only signed with the Sea Eagles last week after being granted an early release from his contract with the Cowboys. Now he is ready to face them.
Plenty of team changes are expected for this weekend's games, no more so than in New Zealand with Warriors coach Andrew McFadden dropping six players.
Bragging rights are at stake for a few players ahead of their respective representative camps when Manly take on North Queensland this weekend.
Sea Eagles firebrand Martin Taupau is ready to take on the Cowboys and in particular his New Zealand teammate Jason Taumalolo on Saturday night.