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Manly captain Jamie Lyon says that despite there being an open field in this year’s finals, the Sea Eagles’ focus is squarely on the North Queensland Cowboys as they shape to face them at the SFS this Saturday. 

The Eagles have the tough assignment of North Queensland first up, and Lyon knows how hard it will be.

“I suppose any game is going to be tough at this time of the year,” he said.

“It will be a good test for us coming up against Thurston and Matt Scott and the like, so should be a tough game.”

“I don’t think you can pick any side that’s going to be a stand out, I think any side in the top eight can win it.

“I genuinely mean that and there are some really tough sides amongst them.

“(But) we’re not worrying about anyone else, it’s just Thurston and the Cowboys at the moment.”

Despite falling to the Broncos in Brisbane last Sunday, the Sea Eagles are entering the finals in good touch, and Lyon believes their young halves should take plenty of credit.

“We’ve put a couple of good wins back to back,” he said.
“I think our halves have been great, which has set us up for the season pretty much, so they’ve really come on board. 

“The combination they’ve got going has really helped the team and I think it’s good for their confidence.”