Any time we play against Manly, the match-up of me against Addin Fonua-Blake seems to come up as a bit of a talking point.
From my point of view though, there is nothing really in it to be honest.
There was a bit said between us during a game last season but that's just part of footy and is what happens on the field from time to time.
For me personally, every week I run out, it's about just trying to concentrate on myself and helping the boys by being as consistent as I can.
I can't be worrying about coming up against one bloke because collectively, we are coming up against one of the best forward packs in the premiership.
It's not just Fonua-Blake, it's Marty Taupau, it's Jakey [Jake Trbojevic], Curtis Sironen and Joel Thompson in the back row and of course Danny Levi is going to want to have a big one against us after we let him go.
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That pack is right up there with the best so it's a good challenge for our boys. If they get over the top of us, a bloke like Daly Cherry-Evans will take advantage so it's going to be important we really aim up from the start.
Manly is a bit like us this week because they are coming off a similar loss to Cronulla that we experienced.
They are going to be just as desperate to get back on the winners' list and going back to Brookvale where they have such a good record will really benefit them.
I haven't won there too much in the past so it would be nice to improve the record a little bit.
It was a long day and even longer trip coming home after what happened against the Cowboys last weekend.
I think we thought we just had to turn up and it would happen. Obviously, they were under the pump, their coach was under pressure and they just came out firing and we didn't match them.
Adsy gave us a real rocket at halftime. He was filthy and really gave it to us and everything he said was warranted. They blew us off the park in that first half but we showed in the second half that when we get our heads in the game, we can score points when we need to.
We definitely responded to what he said to us about holding onto the footy and building some pressure and making them work hard in defence as well but unfortunately, they were too far in front. We needed that mindset from the opening whistle and didn't have it and paid the price.
We can't use the travel as an excuse. There were no excuses. At the end of the day, we got to Townsville and dipped our toe in at the start instead of really ripping into our work.
We've all got to be honest and accountable and there is no hiding and sweeping stuff under the carpet. It's about recognising the areas of our game where we have to get better.
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