Resilient Sea Eagles thriving on hate

AGGRESSIVE FORCE: Manly’s Darcy Lussick tackled by the Cowboys’ defence in round 16.
AGGRESSIVE FORCE: Manly’s Darcy Lussick tackled by the Cowboys’ defence in round 16. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

FORMER Sea Eagles prop Jason King knows a thing or two about siege mentalities.

King’s two Manly premiership-winning outfits embraced the hate that the club traditionally cops from other teams and fans to lift the NRL trophy in 2008 and 2011.

The proud Manly junior said this year’s outfit was doing the same thing, despite its lowly 13th position on the ladder.

Taking on the seventh-placed Warriors in front of plenty of ex-pat New Zealand supporters at Perth’s nib Stadium tomorrow night, Manly will need to once again adopt that mindset.

“It has been a hard season for the club and there have been a lot of injuries and untimely suspensions,” King said.

“Manly thrives on resilience.

“They certainly are putting the effort in and representing the club with distinction.”

One player doing just that is fellow Manly junior and prop Darcy Lussick (pictured), seemingly revelling in the tough contact and never shirking his front-row duties.

“I think Darcy has had a sensational season. He has made an enormous contribution to the team,” King said.

“He brings that aggressive element.”

Warriors five-eighth Thomas Leuluai – who will depart for Wigan after this season – said Manly had “had a few injuries this season but they’ve still got some great players”.

Manly’s electric outside backs Tom Trbojevic, Jorge Taufua and Dylan Walker and playmakers Jamie Lyon and Daly Cherry-Evans were outstanding in their team’s last-start 36-6 thrashing of the Dragons.

Lussick, Nathan Green, Jamie Buhrer and Jake Trbojevic were also strong in the forwards.

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