Under new coach Geoff Toovey the Manly Sea Eagles have performed strongly towards the back end of the year, losing just two of their last six matches, however one of those loses was against this week's opponents Newcastle where they were defeated 32-6 in Round 19.
Tonight on NRL Daily, host John Gibbs is joined in studio by Manly hooker Matt Ballin to discuss the Sea Eagles coming good at the business end of the year and to preview their Round 24 match against the Knights at Brookvale Oval.
The Sea Eagles forwards have been leading the way up front, with Ballin completing almost 1000 tackles and 1000 running metres in season 2012.
Ballin, who re-signed with the Sea Eagles earlier this season, believes the confidence of their two premiership-winning halves, Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans, is another reason the Sea Eagles can fight for back-to-back premierships.
Ballin has also put out a call to all Toyota NRL Dream Team coaches to add him to their Dream Team for the Finals, citing his “prolific” try-scoring ability and the fact that his is averaging the second-most tackles in the NRL with 44 per game.
This round the Sea Eagles host Newcastle at Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon, with the Knights desperate to win and keep in touch with the eighth placed Wests TIgers.
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