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Des Hasler, Daly Cherry-Evans, Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters, Round 2

Des Hasler and Daly Cherry-Evans believe it is no time to panic for the 0-2 Sea Eagles, but they concede they need to sort out their starts after their 26-12 loss to the Roosters.

Manly were blown away by the opposition early for the second week in a row and Hasler conceded turning the momentum is difficult when you are not starting the game well.

“You are probably right about the frustration, but we were just slow to start in the first half,” Hasler said post match.

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“You can always find excuses with possession which is quite easy to see, but with our start and we knew they were going to come out of the blocks and we didn’t match that.

“I think we have got to manufacture that start better. That way you can do something about the momentum with the ball.

“I’m not going to use the possession count and the lack of ball as an excuse. We need to find a stronger first half.

“We are going to have to compete harder.

“It is as simple as that and we are aware of that. It is something that we are not going to hide from.”

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Cherry-Evans called for calm heads, but conceded Manly are shooting themselves in the foot against teams you can’t afford to give a leg up.

“It was the same as last week really,” Cherry-Evans said.

“We just put ourselves in some really difficult situations against some really good opposition.

“Until we start to rectify a few things it is going to continue to happen. I guess that is the silver lining in all this that we can help ourselves.

“Frustration is certainly not the word. We are trying hard out there, but obviously we are just not connected at the moment. Our defence isn’t connected to our attack and visa versa so it is a bit of a vicious cycle out there.

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“But I know it is going to come and I thought there were moments in that second half that there were signs of life there and we are going to be alright.”

Tom Trbojevic was quiet for the second week in a row, with suggestions he could be not fully fit for the start of the season.

“You just see Tom on that previous set grimacing as he plays the footy. I’m not sure [if he is 100 per cent],” Michael Ennis said in commentary.

“Something is not right, he was slow to get up,” Dan Ginnane added.

But Hasler denied he was carrying an injury and called on his team to make life easier for their fullback.

“He is 100 per cent and I said last week and it is not just Tom, it is our whole attack,” Hasler said.

“It is clunky and it suffers on the back of constantly having to defend repeat sets tonight.

“They built really good pressure the Roosters and that fatigues you when you are coming out of your own end all the time.

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“We have got to counteract the plans against Trbojevic by finding and creating better field position.”

Manly are staring down the barrel of an 0-3 start to the season for the second year in a row and while they still made the top four last year, Cherry-Evans wants them to get back on track much sooner.

“We can’t let it build all this noise and talk around our expectations and us being no wins from two games,” Cherry-Evans said.

“We just want to make sure that we take points from that second half and then put out a really nice performance next week.

“Our destiny is in our hands again but we have got to make sure that we don’t leave it too late.”



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