2022 Shute Shield Season Review: Manly

Manly were arguably the form team of the competition for the first half of the season but fell away as the finals approached. 2022 assistant coach Chris Delooze has recently been appointed head coach for 2023, replacing the QLD Reds-bound Phil Blake. We caught up with Delooze to recap 2022 and look ahead to next season. Overview with Chris Delooze: “All in all it was a good season. We had a cracking start to the year but unfortunately we weren’t able to finish the season off as well as we would of liked,” the assistant coach told Rugby News. “When planning preseason in late ‘21, the coaches, led by Phil Blake, sat down and set out what we wanted to achieve this year and we decided that one of our goals was to compete in every match. Be there in the end. “Looking back at the season, aside from one big win, we won or lost every other match by a margin of eight points or less. "We were right in every match this year, including the elimination semi-final that we los
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