Preliminary Final Preview: Sydney University (1) v Manly (4)

On paper, minor premiers Sydney Uni should be far too good for an understrength Manly side at Camperdown on Saturday. But finals footy is a different beast and the 2017 Marlins learnt that the hard way. Like the current Students, Manly were the form team throughout the 2017 regular season but were ambushed by eventual premiers Warringah in the preliminary final last year after falling short against Eastwood a week earlier. Manly fans are still reeling from their side’s early finals exit last year, but that pain will disappear if the Marlins can repeat history and upset the minor premiers this weekend. “We will need to be special on Saturday. Technically, tactically and mentally brilliant,” Manly coach Billy Melrose told Rugby News. “Uni have set the pace all year, they’ve got a strong list of professional players back in, plus home ground advantage and most other trappings. “But as we found out last year, no matter how well it goes throughout the regular s
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