Manly and Warringah stars put reputations on the line in must-win clash

Josh Holmes_Rats v Uni

Manly and Warringah will be playing for more than just bragging rights and a spot in the Intrust Shute Shield finals on Saturday, with a handful of stars from both sides wagering their reputations on the outcome of the match.

Manly duo Sam Lane and Harry Bergelin and Warringah brothers Josh and Luke Holmes have added further spice to Saturday’s match with an additional wager.

If the Marlins win, the Holmes brothers will have lunch at the Manly Wharf Hotel in a Manly jersey but if the Rats get up, Lane and Bergelin will head north for a feed at the Dee Why Hotel in a Warringah strip.

“They come to Manly most of the time anyway, so why wouldn’t they be there,” Bergelin told the Manly Daily.

“And notice they didn’t make the wager when we played them at Manly Oval,” he added

Bergelin said the Manly colours will suit the Holmes brothers.

“There is a bit of that on the (North Harbour) Rays jersey and it seems to light up their eyes a bit — they seem a bit more inspired.”

Holmes joked that Lane had always wanted to play for Warringah and said he wasn’t worried about the wager.

“He (Lane)tried to get a contract with the Rats but we didn’t want to spend that much money on him.

“I won’t have to (wear a Manly jersey) so it doesn’t matter.”

With Warringah flyhalf Hamish Angus set to miss the clash, former Wallaby Julian Huxley may be in line for a shock call-up to the Rats side on Saturday.