Manly Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm, finals, the best way to cease Melbourne Storm, James Graham, Shane Flanagan

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Everyone seems to be pondering the grand remaining will probably be gained by Melbourne, the query after this weekend is which staff will they be beating at Suncorp Stadium?

Coming into this weekend most NRL followers would’ve wager their home on a Storm-Panthers grand remaining.

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However South Sydney’s gorgeous win over Penrith has blown the draw large open with Ivan Cleary’s males now having to beat Parramatta and the Storm to get to the massive dance.

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After a yr the place greater scorelines have been extra prevalent, the one sport with a blowout consequence was Manly’s loss to the Storm on Friday.


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After having examined Melbourne earlier within the yr, the Sea Eagles failed to search out their groove and let Tom Trbojevic work his magic.

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Manly have been uncharacteristically out of types, however James Graham informed the Large League Wrap it was on account of what Melbourne did proper that compelled the Sea Eagles right into a underwhelming efficiency.

“They only drain your power,” the previous England worldwide mentioned.


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“They make you do belongings you don’t usually do after which stuff doesn’t come off.

“Like consider Haumole Olakau’atu kicking the ball or Tom Trbojevic one off the ruck close to the tryline… the previous couple of weeks it’s a strive, however this weekend no approach.

“The Storm discover a option to drain your power and put the strain on you and you may see that from the very first kick-off and it’s so calculated.”


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Given Manly have been the darkish horse and the Panthers seen as the subsequent contender to topple the Storm, simply how does anybody cease them?

Shane Flanagan has expertise in upsetting the Storm and mentioned halting Melbourne lay in focusing on their key males.

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“I’d have to sit down down and take a look on the Parramatta video games,” Flanagan mentioned.

“Parra have had fairly good outcomes towards them this yr and have had components about it.

“We used to assault their leaders. We went after Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater and we didn’t give them any leeway and we made positive they knew they have been in an arm wrestle.

“Each time Cooper kicked we made positive we tackled him.

“Generally it really works, typically it doesn’t, however assault the leaders.

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“I feel Manly had a little bit of a mannequin a few weeks in the past after they shifted in yardage and moved the ball.

“If you happen to undergo the center you play into their arms as a result of they hit and stick and get numbers into the sort out.”

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