Behind Enemy Lines - Round 8

We delved into enemy territory to bring you the latest from the Manly Sea Eagles camp ahead of Friday night's match at Lottoland.

The Sea Eagles will go into the encounter with a relatively unchanged team from last week's loss to Parramatta, with the only change to the starting side being the inclusion of Matt Wright.

He comes in, in favour of the injured Brad Parker, who will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a knee injury while Lewis Brown moves onto the bench.

While Manly have come under scrutiny recently, the leadership group and coaching staff at Manly ensured this phase is now behind them and will be looking for a return to form against the Knights.

Coach Trent Barrett believes the ideal reaction is to put on a good show for their fans and come away with the win at Brookvale.

"Coming away with the two points will go a long way to solving our problems," Barrett stated on the Sea Eagles website.

"The best response we can have is to come out and play a good game tomorrow night... we have been in a bit of a hole the past two weeks and it is important for our fans that we come out and play well.


"All the boys are pretty excited to play at home... it is a huge two points we need to get to stay in touch.

"Winning solves a lot of things... there are a few teams going through some tough areas at the moment and some big scores being put on teams as well.

"We are not alone in that area but for our club it's extremely important to put on a good show tomorrow night."

Tom Trbojevic stated the area of focus for Manly will be defensively, as they have conceded 183 points in their past seven matches and suffered a 34-point loss against the Parramatta Eels in Round 7.

"We haven't been playing well the past few weeks and that has been evident by our results," said Trbojevic.

"I'm looking forward to training hard (to rectify these mistakes) and turning it around." 

Along with his teammates, Trbojevic was disappointed by last week's loss to the Eels but insists the team will be looking to use that loss as fuel for the fire against the Knights, looking to control the ball and minimise defensive errors.

"I think everybody saw the game on the weekend and we didn't play very well as a group," he said.

"We got dusted by 34 points and it's a pretty sad feeling for any player to be beaten like that, and we will be doing our best as a team to turn that around.

"We have got to be more disciplined. We will need to hold the ball more (and minimise errors) if we want to have any chance winning footy games."