Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans has warned the Sea Eagles they can’t rely on returning fullback Tom Trbojevic to be “superman” and save their season, urging his teammates to be mentally stronger to reclaim the club’s famed resilience.
Trbojevic’s comeback from his pre-season hamstring injury in Saturday’s clash against the Gold Coast in Mudgee is a big boost for the Sea Eagles.
Manly’s record with their star No 1 is significantly better, but Cherry-Evans doesn’t want “Turbo” to shoulder too much responsibility.
He believes last week’s thrilling one-point win over the Warriors was crucial, as it will help ease the burden on Trbojevic to be Manly’s saviour.
“The most important thing is that we got back up with a win before Tommy returned,” Cherry-Evans said.
“It is good for our team but also Tommy. He doesn’t need that pressure on him coming back and thinking he has to be superman.
“It is so much better that we have removed that (losing) stigma and Tom can just come and be Tom.
“It is almost like he was meant to stay out and we were meant to fall down and get back up.
“We’ve finally laid some foundations as a side that Tom coming back in is just going to make us a better side.”
Daly Cherry-Evans doesn’t want Tom Trbojevic to shoulder too much responsibility. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Cherry-Evans is also desperate to see his side become mentally tougher under pressure.
The Sea Eagles showcased resilience to beat the Warriors with a final-second field goal last week, but the team has battled to consistently display these qualities.
Cherry-Evans is fully aware of Manly’s issues.
“To be fair, we haven’t been a real resilient club over the last 12 months,” he said frankly.
“We’ve had some really big scores put on us, not just this year, but even last year.
“So, I really hope that (Warriors win) was the start of something for us this year.
“We showed a real commitment to our defence, and that is a sign of a resilient side.
“It just shows that we can do it, but the next thing is making the choice to do it every week and consistently.
“You can create habits really quickly in this game, and we’ve created some really bad ones.”
Tom Trbojevic’s return will give Manly a huge boost. Picture: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Manly lock Jake Trbojevic couldn’t be happier to see his younger sibling return from another hamstring injury, and he has his fingers crossed for a successful comeback against the Titans.
“It has been a tough couple of years, so he has had to work really hard to get it (the hamstring) right,” Trbojevic said.
“Touch wood this one can go really well for him. I think he deserves a bit of luck.
“It definitely helps having him back. He is a really good player, but we don’t want to put too much pressure on him.
“One player also doesn’t make the team, we’ve got a lot of things to work on, so we can’t just rely on him.”
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