Revenge not on Manly minds
Ahead of this weekend's grand final rematch against premiers the Sydney Roosters, Manly's stars insist they need no other motivation than trying to win a game of footy.
Sea Eagles forward Glenn Stewart this week told reporters the two sides are starting to develop a good rivalry, but achieving revenge over the 2013 Grand Final loss is "not at all" a factor this weekend.
"[There is a] good rivalry starting to happen with them, we really need to be up for it," he said.
"Last year is last year, we need to pick the form up."
He said the squad hadn't been thinking or speaking about that game.
"Not really, you play so many and it's such a long pre-season, that's all gone. We're concentrating on ourselves," he said.
"There's no anger, you get a different team every week, you just need to make sure you're doing well."
He said the Sea Eagles would need to improve on not turning over as much cheap ball as they did last week against Parramatta when they come up against the competition benchmark.
"We were probably lucky Parra were a bit off last week and turned over quite a bit as well so we'll definitely try not to turn it over like last week," he added.
Five-eighth Kieran Foran, who was a late withdrawal against the Eels and is still racing the clock to recover from a calf strain in time for the Roosters clash, said it was hard to think about rematches when all sides are trying to find their way in 2014.
"It's so early in the season, it's hard to think about rematches, we just want to get wins at this time of year," he said.
"It's going to be a massive contest up against last year's premiers. We're going to go out there and try and get the win."
Popular winger David Williams was of a similar mind to Stewart, saying a tough night in the 2013 Grand Final had been consigned to the past.
"I always look forward to the big games and the Roosters are playing just as good as they were last year," he said.
"I didn't play my best [in the Grand Final], some of [the criticism] was warranted, some of it not, same as every other week.
"I've put it behind me now, I'm looking forward to a new season and hopefully playing my best this week."
Last week's debutant Tony Satini, who played in the centres so skipper Jamie Lyon could replace Foran in the halves, may yet come into the side against the Roosters if Foran can't shake off a calf strain.
The 20-year-old Penrith junior is good mates with current Panthers squad member George Jennings, whose older brother and Roosters centre Michael he could find himself marking on Friday night. Satini said marking up against Michael Jennings would be the most challenging aspect of taking on the Roosters.
"I'm good mates with his younger brother [George] from Penrith, we're pretty close," Satini said.
"He's an awesome centre, just to go one on one with him would be crazy. His speed is outstanding. I don't think he has any weaknesses."