SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Blake Green of the Sea Eagles celebrates with team mates after a try by Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles during the round 22 NRL match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters at Lottoland on August 6, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Manly, along with Parramatta, has been one of the over-achievers of 2017.

Under coach, Trent Barrett, the Sea Eagles were desperate to make the finals. Outside of the Northern Eagles years, the last time Manly failed to make the finals three years in a row was back in 1965, under the coaching of another “outsider”, Russ Pepperill.

As Manly continue to nudge the top four, here are five reasons why they can go all the way this year; and five reasons they may fall short.


5 reasons Manly can win the Premiership


When Manly won the competition in 2011, there was talk that Daly Cherry-Evans could be viewed in the same light as Bob Fulton at Brookvale. The world was at his feet. A test regular, and Origin fill-in, Cherry-Evans was the form player of the competition.

Internal friction at the club, a protracted contract saga, and the loss of key players around him saw Cherry-Evans struggle in recent years. In 2017, Cherry-Evans had been one of the best players not just for the Sea Eagles, but in the NRL. At his best, he can turn a game on its head with a 40/20, or a well-timed pass or kick that sets up a crucial try. Manly can’t win the competition without him.


While Tom Trbojevic, rightly, gets most of the media attention for his scintillating try scoring ability, it is his older brother Jake that is arguably more important to the Sea Eagles’ quest for premiership glory. Seemingly entrenched in the New South Wales and Australian squads, Jake’s tireless defensive efforts, and under rated attacking prowess has helped Manly at crucial times throughout the season.


It was only three years ago that Dylan Walker was a key part of the South Sydney side that defeated Canterbury in the Grand Final to secure their first premiership since 1971. Walker, after an ill-fated season at five-eighth, has returned to the centres this year and has been in blistering form. At his best, he can cut an opposing defence to ribbons.

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Not since Kieran Foran left Brookvale has Daly Cherry-Evans found a foil at the scrum base. Green, a journeyman player by any definition, brings consistency to the Sea Eagles and allows the star number seven to do his thing. More importantly, Green spent time at the Storm under Craig Bellamy and knows how to get to the big end of season games.


No One Likes Us And We Don’t Care. Manly fans have been chanting the mantra for nearly fifty years. And it works. Remember Brett Stewart’s feud with David Gallop? The Silvertails era? Super League? Manly are at their best when they feel it is them against the world. The drama around their salary cap issues may be enough of a spark to ignite the siege mentality.



  1. Manly can’t win this year or even next year, I feel 2019 will be our year. We have been great this year and a lot of our players will benefit immensely from It, but we leak too many points when it matters most. Don’t get me wrong I firmly believe if we have one of those great defence days that I know are possible with us, think we can beat anyone, going by comeback against storm earlier on and big wins over sharks and roosters, just feel we would need to be undefeated from now on and can’t see that happening with our inconsistencies, but 1 very proud manly supporter here this year

  2. Swings and Roundabouts Crowy, … Manly have the potential to go all the way this year. Saints pumped the Sharks last year and hit was like a rocket up their backsides.
    With a pretty good run home you should get some momentum – dont write yourself off yet.

    Sorry to say i think the dark horse is Parra or Broncs.

  3. Great article, but I think this year is unlikely, I’m thinking next year where the inconsistentcies will be gone and all will be better off with another season together. Also missing a goal kicker and a prop. Top 8 and finals week 2 this year but 2018 will be our year.

    • The way I see it though is, we do need a prop and a goal kicker. But there are none on the market for next year, that is why I’m thinking 2019 more. I know we have some young guys coming through but they won’t achieve there best first year

        • From other clubs you mean??? Yeah but it can’t be buy cause there available, they need to be the right players

        • We just released Grevsmuhl and Vidot.

          Don’t think Grevsmuhl will be coming back to the game which is ashame because he had talent, but Vidot could be a good pick up for depth.

        • Vidot would be good depth signing, get his hands under control and he is a good player. Grevsmuhl definetely has ability wonder if baz can get beat out of him like others this year, he’d fit into our team of misfits lol..

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