Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams.

Sea Eagles will fire up after salary cap fines: Williams

Sam Williams is expecting the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles to take out their frustration on the Canberra Raiders, after being hit with massive salary cap breach penalties by the NRL on Monday.

Manly were fined $750,000 and two officials were banned for 12 months following $1.5 million worth of breaches over five years involving 13 players.

The Sea Eagles will also have a $660,000 penalty applied to their salary cap over this season and the 2019 Telstra Premiership.

"I guess they're happy to put this behind them and move forward and there's no better way than going out and playing at home," Williams said.

"They'll be fired up no doubt about that, they're a quality side and they have got some big names that when they're playing at home, they go to a new level."

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart called on NRL boss Todd Greenberg after the Warriors loss to clarify what constitutes an obstruction, after the side were denied a potential try for the second week in a row.

Williams said the side need to not be in a position where one try can come back to haunt them.

"Sometimes those calls go your way and sometimes they don't," Williams said of Junior Paulo's no-try in the 52nd minute on Saturday.

Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams.
Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams. ©Keegan Carroll/NRL Photos

"If we go on a winning run, we might start getting those calls and we don't look back at them.

"Ultimately, we need to be better in a few areas and we won't have to worry about them."

Sometimes it pays to have a short memory in the Telstra Premiership, at least that's what Williams and the rest of his teammates are preaching.

Three agonisingly close losses to start the season see Canberra in second-last place, just ahead of the Parramatta Eels who have also failed to register a win.

However, the Cooma junior said if the side can turn around its season, it will be because how they responded to the internal and external pressure they currently find themselves under.

"You find out a lot about yourself in adversity and we've got some leaders in the squad that are really growing," Williams said.

"It's not like we've been getting blown out, it's just small margins that are costing us so it's not like we're being humiliated.

"I know we all want to be back winning, it's a very tough time in the sheds when you've lost, but we just need to stay positive and move forward."