Mary - your article is correct about the effort the Sharks and Knights put in last weekend.
But where is that effort week on week.
Both clubs have plenty of excuses but both have been guilty of 'not showing up' on many occassions this season.
I would have thought if you wanted to shine a light on teams making remarkable efforts under adversity Manly would be the example.
Board not getting on, players blueing, coach caught in the middle, contract disputes, etc and they sit four points clear at the top of the table.
"Damn, I thought to myself, this bloke is fiiiiiiine."
These articles objectifying men are offensive...just kidding. Nice article and nice to hear a supporters story from a very different perspective to my own.
He's a very good player.
I have a (half baked) theory that SuperCoach and fantasy NRL games were the making of Corey Parker. He was around a long time before SC came in. Had made the Qld team early on and then not had a start for a long time.
I reckon a lot of the work he did went unnoticed until the sheer volume was made evident statistically via SC. Since then he's been a regular in the Qld team and made the Australian team.
The Dogs look ordinary.
Some troops coming back over the next couple of weeks - Reynolds, Tolman, Morris, Klemmer, Stanley - but most of all they desperately need a fullback.
Perrett and Brown have been solid and reliable but you need much more than that from your 1 these days.
The Dogs look insipid in attack and it's difficult to see where their next try is going to come from.
Earlier in the season the Dogs were utilising their big, quality pack backed up with a low error rate to grind teams out of games. Now they're making a lot of errors and with Maitua and O'Hanlon on the bench the pack loses a lot of quality and intimidation factor.
I'd seriously consider playing Morris or Stanley at fullback to provide some spark or something from the back.