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Manly’s X-factor ready to rumble

The man described as Manly’s X-factor is set to return to NRL football this weekend after 344 days on the sidelines.

Brett Stewart, who is on the comeback from consecutive season-ending knee injuries, was named in Manly’s 24-man squad to take on New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday night.

It will be the electrifying fullback’s first match since round one last season, when he suffered a knee injury while making a try-saving tackle on Wests Tigers’ winger Lote Tuqiri.

The news was met with excitement by Stewart’s team-mates who have missed the former Australian representative’s try-scoring prowess for all but six games in the past two seasons. Continue reading

The Judiciary

Wests Tigers winger Beau Ryan has successfully downgraded his charge relating to a “crusher” tackle during Monday’s 26-22 win over Manly. He was facing a four-week ban after taking the early guilty plea on the charge but successfully had the grading brought down to grade two on Wednesday, meaning he will only miss this weekend’s clash against the Sydney Roosters.

Sea Eagles forward George Rose will also sit out this weekend’s action after taking the early guilty plea for his careless high tackle from the same fiery match.

Manly pair Brent Kite and Kieran Foran as well as Gold Coast’s Bodene Thompson and Warrior James Maloney have all escaped suspension from their charges after taking early guilty pleas.

Three Manly players have been charged with high tackles, but the Wests Tigers’ Beau Ryan could serve a longer suspension than any of them after being booked for a “crusher” tackle in Monday night’s NRL clash. The NRL match review committee has handed winger Ryan a grade three dangerous contact charge for a 65th minute tackle on Sea Eagles opposite Michael Robertson. He will be suspended for three matches if he pleads guilty and four if he unsuccessfully defends the charge at the NRL judiciary. His tackle had been overshadowed by Manly players George Rose, Brent Kite and Kieran Foran all being placed on report for high shots during the 26-22 win at the Sydney Football Stadium. Rose will miss only a week if he pleads guilty and two if he unsuccessfully defends the grade four careless tackle charge. Kite and Foran will escape suspension after receiving grade one careless high tackle charges. Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis will miss Friday night’s clash with St George Illawarra after entering an early guilty plea to a grade two careless high tackle charge.

Warriors five-eighth James Maloney and Gold Coast’s Bodene Thompson have escaped suspension after pleading guilty to grade one charges of dangerous contact with a kicker.

Manly’s backline stocks are looking a little thin just one game into the competition with fullback Brett Stewart joining former Tests winger David Williams on the sidelines. Stewart suffered a suspected medial meniscus tear in his left knee after putting his body on the line to stop a rampaging Lote Tuqiri in the dying stages of Wests Tigers’ dramatic 26-22 win over the Sea Eagles on Monday night. He will undergo scans on Tuesday, though the initial prognosis had him out for up to six weeks. “It could be anywhere between three and six weeks. It shouldn’t be (a season-ending injury) but we’ll have to look at the MRI.” Williams failed to even make it to round one after going down on match eve, when he suffered a dislocated collarbone at training. The powerful winger is expected to be sidelined between six to eight weeks. Compounding the Sea Eagles woes, George Rose, Brent Kite and Keiran Foran were all placed on report for high tackles.

Round 1 Teams – Manly Update

Manly co-Captain Jamie Lyon ($218,300 HLV) has given the clubs rookie halfbacks his seal of approval, adamant that the Sea Eagles are well covered after the departure of Matt Orford. Lyon is set to start the year back in the No. 6 jersey from where he guided the club to the 2008 premiership, with Des Hasler keen for the veteran to play a guiding hand for young halves Kieran Foran ($214,900 HLV) and Trent Hodkinson ($84,100 HLV). Although Hasler has yet to show his hand in the selection stakes,¬†New Zealand¬†international Foran looks to have the inside running for a starting berth after starring in nine games last year. Speaking at the club’s season launch at Harbord Diggers, Lyon revealed he would start the year alongside either Foran or Hodkinson, with the young halves likely to be paired later in the season.

Hodkinson looking For an opportunity

Trent Hodkinson ($84,100 HLV)¬† is in a two way battle with Kieran Foran ($214,900 HLV) to secure the halback position along side Jamie Lyon ($218,300 HLV), which was vacated by Matt Orford who has moved to England. A former Parramatta low grader, Hodkinson has been training strongly while Foran has been missing due to injury. The pair will have a final trial match against the Warriors in 11 days before coach Des Hasler names his new No.7. Coach Hasler was, as always, playing his cards close to his chest but did not rule out starting both against the Tigers in Round 1. “There is a process we are working through. It’s all about opportunity and they have to step up to the mark. Jamie is an option in the halves but he’s also a handy centre.” Jamie Lyon has played centre at a test level but Manly will have to consider Ben Farrar ($104,100 CTW/HLV) and Steve Matai ($103,900 CTW), Farrar has also played on the wing but again have David Williams ($102,800 CTW) and Michael Robertson ($91,100 CTW) to consider if a reshuffle were to take place.

Lyon mauls Sharks !

Last night at Cronulla Stadium Jamie Lyon ($218,300 HLV) put his hand up to fill the positions vacant left by departing captain Matt Orford. Although youngsters Kieran Foran ($214,900 HLV) and Trent Hodkinson ($84,100 HLV) shared the Halfback position throughout the match, it was a dominant display by Lyon setting up two tries in the second half. Both the Sharks and Manly sent out new recruits and up and comers early, but it was the big guns who came out in the second half to finish off a sometimes spiteful match. Brett Stewart ($146,800 FLB) showed a glimpse of his flair in a solid game, when in the 58th minute a scuffle broke out after he was heavily tackled in goal. Only minutes later heavyweights Josh Perry and Kade Snowden went toe to toe, with Snowden being Sin Binned. Cronulla however were allowed to compete with 13 players on the field under trial match rules. “The conditions were pretty tough.” Hasler stated “It was ok, it was just a trial. We had a lot of players getting the off-season cobwebs out, the boys have just done a really long off-season so they were just keen to play.” Hasler was also pleased with his young halves after the departure of Orford “We’re fortunate we’ve got young Trent and Keiran as well, so we’re pretty well covered there,” he said.

Cronulla’s night went from bad to worse when it was revealed they exited the match with injuries to two of their Troops – Dean Collis ($120,500 CTW) hyperextended his right knee, but is expected back for round one and 19 yr old hopeful Stewart Mills had to be stretchered off in the first half after damaging his right knee, his season all but over before it has begun.