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Far too many scribes have made ignorant and inaccurate assertions concerning the quality and depth of the Manly squad. Several weeks ago I posted that at full strength the Manly pack particularly, could match it with any side in the competition. The demolition of the St George pack yesterday validated my point. The Manly forwards are big and skillful.

The inclusion of the 120 Kg Taniela Paseka is working well and he is appearing to be a genuine 1st grader.

Furthermore, a number of injured players are on the verge of returning, including Lachlan Croker and Brad Parker which will pose a rather pleasant selection problem for coach Hasler.

The return of Dylan Walker has added a lot of speed and thrust to the manly 3/4’s. This has been valuable as Taufua on the left wing is far too pedestrian and IMO handicaps the side.

Finally it has to be acknowledged that coach Hasler has transformed this team which does not resemble the rabble which it had become in recent years.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 14

Manly at full strength could just about hold its own against any side in the comp. I think they lack a little in depth in the forwards but also badly need a speedy winger on the left flank, where Taufua is far too slow.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 13

Tom Wright -“vast experience” – don’t think so. He failed at Manly League – was only picked once for a run on role and was hooked after about 20 minutes being quite out of his depth. Nevertheless he does have talent and speed and I concede he was not managed well by Manly ( during a very dark period for that club).

Five debutants the Wallabies should pick in 2019

As a keen observer of both the rugby codes I could not care less about what Folau thinks about anything. I’m just interested in his on field play. Pretty sure most followers of sport would think along the same lines.

The three reasons RA must come down hard on Folau

“..the game itself was entertaining” – don’t think so -The NSW Qld game contained so many fundamental handling errors, numerous scrums and other stoppages it was actually a very poor spectacle. I realise that it is a matter of opinion, but the evidence of Saturday night’s game was so clear that is pointless to attempt to ‘talk that ( particular) game up’.

Six talking points from Super Rugby Round 4