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Toovey wary of struggling Eels

They sit at opposite ends of the NRL ladder but Manly coach Geoff Toovey insists he is concerned about facing cellar-dwelling Parramatta on Saturday.
Toovey wary of struggling Eels
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Aug 2 AAP - They sit at opposite ends of the NRL ladder but Manly coach Geoff Toovey insists he is concerned about facing cellar-dwelling Parramatta on Saturday.

The Eels are almost certain to claim a second straight wooden spoon and have earned just 10 points in a season blighted by problems off the field and woeful performances on it.

Coach Ricky Stuart has already told 12 members of his squad they're not be wanted at the club beyond this season and chief executive Ken Edwards was ousted by a new board last month - the third CEO in two years to lose his job.

But despite all this, Toovey said he's been involved in too many clashes with the Eels as a player or coach to think a trip to Parramatta Stadium is going to be easy given the long-standing bitter rivalry between the clubs.

The last meeting between the sides saw Manly cruise to a 50-10 win three weeks ago in a game that saw Eels prop Mitch Allgood sin-binned for unleashing a flurry of punches on Steve Matai.

But this corresponding fixture last season saw the Eels stun the then premiers 29-20, something Toovey hasn't forgotten.

"About this time last year we were favourites as well and they pulled our pants down," Toovey said.

"Regardless of their position they still have some quality individuals and I have reminded our players of last year when we got dusted there.

"Ricky is a real competitor and each week is important to a team no matter where you are on the table."

The Eels have picked up all three of their wins this season at Parramatta Stadium, but are still likely to be without superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

However, co-captain Tim Mannah insists his side can spring a huge surprise against the in-form Sea Eagles, who've won their last four games.

"We were all embarrassed by that last game and it would be really great in terms of morale to get a win," Mannah said.

"I can't promise something to the fans that we may not be able to deliver, but I can say we have trained the best we have for three weeks and we're a chance."


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