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Foran confident Manly have enough left

Kieran Foran at Manly training

Manly playmaker Kieran Foran is adamant the Sea Eagles will have sufficient energy to stay alive in the NRL finals, despite revealing he has never felt sorer than after last Saturday's brutal battle with Sydney Roosters.
Foran confident Manly have enough left
by AAP

By Adrian Warren

SYDNEY, Sept 17 AAP - Manly playmaker Kieran Foran is adamant the Sea Eagles will have sufficient energy to stay alive in the NRL finals, despite revealing he has never felt sorer than after last Saturday's brutal battle with Sydney Roosters.

They will back up against Cronulla on Friday in a sudden-death match, just six days after finishing on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline.

"At this time of year, you're playing do or die footy, you either want to win the premiership or you don't," Foran said.

"It won't come into account how sore the bodies are come Friday.

"Everyone saw how physical, and how hard the game (last Saturday) was. I don't think I've ever been as sore after a footy game.

"As professional footballers, you learn that you've got to recover fast. We've done all the recovery that's been asked of us and I think everyone is starting to come good by Friday.

"Definitely we've taken the tougher road.

"It would have been nice to get the win and have the week off, but it's not to be.

"Now we've got to try and do it the tough way and there's still a strong belief that we can do that."

Brett Stewart has been listed to play against Cronulla, though in-form Peta Hiku is on standby should the brilliant fullback's hamstring cause him any further problems.

Foran lavished praise on fellow kiwi Hiku, who has filled in superbly at both fullback and winger this year.

Recently named Sea Eagle rookie of the year, Hiku is proving one of the buys of the season.

The 20-year-old underlined his worth by establishing a club record of running 297 metres against the Roosters last Saturday.

He has averaged 135 metres per game over his 11 appearances this season, when he has filled in at either fullback or wing.

"For a kid that's only 20, I think he's been massive," Foran said of Hiku.

"In every game that he's played in this year, he's been one of our standout performers and I think his performance on the weekend against the Roosters was pretty phenomenal.

"He did a great job for us. He adds that bit of X-Factor that Brett (Stewart) has got.You can't replace someone like Snake (Stewart).

"Snake is a world-class player, but for Peta this early in his career to be doing what he's doing, he's capable of filling those shoes."


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