The Parramatta Eels friendship with Manly goes back to when both the clubs entered the competition in the 40’s, and still exists today.
To start, the Manly players warmly congratulated Watmough on his move to his new team with everything but animosity. Balin, Watmoughs best man, god father to his child, executor to his will and an accredited massuse, gave his mate a friendly facial in Anthony’s first run to remind him of the affection they share.
Darcy Lussick, another Manly convert, also had a lovely chat to his mate Brenton Lawrence after his hit up. And their frendly banter continued throughtout the game with the two mates having a nice hug late in the match, which could have been mistaken for a fight. Darcy was even nice enough to hand to ball back to the opposition with multiple misguided offloads.
Tepai Moeroa is a new friend to the Manly / Parra crew, but one which should be respected. Every friend group needs their “Big Guy” and Tepai is the Eels man, seeing as though he is only 19, but he looks like a 30 year old. On the US preseason trip, he was the man to buy all the alcohol for the team as none of the team were over 21.
Reece Robinson was nice enough to give Manly a lesson in converting. He has a somewhat unorthodox method, but a successful one, which goes as follows:
- Step one – Line the ball up.
- Step two – Stare into the eternal abyss with your minds eye, bending temporal dimensions with your brain.
- Step three – Kick the conversion.
In the end, Manly was nice enough to hand the victory to the Eels, knowing that they were having a hard time dealing with the loss of their best bud, Jarryd Hayne.
And for the Manly supporters – So no one told you life was going to be this way – * CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP*
Eels 42 d. Manly 12