Shute Shield: Semi-Final Preview – Manly v Eastern Suburbs

by Paul Cook - Perhaps the biggest challenge for Manly this week has been getting themselves up for another game of rugby after their soul destroying last minute loss to title favourites Sydney University last Sunday at Manly Oval. Such was the dramatic ending to a match in which the Marlins had thrown the kitchen sink at the Students - leading 17-0 at one point and 23-17 with only 3 minutes left on the clock – that the emotional and physical toll defeat at the hands of a Bernard Foley drop goal would have imbued, must have been hard to recover from. Skipper Ed Gower admitted to Rugby News this week that it was the bitterest body blow he had felt in the game. “To be honest, directly after the match it was devastat
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