By Warren Anscombe
An all Sydney clash rounds out week 2 of the finals, when arch enemies Manly face the Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
Make no mistake, these sides do not like each other, and this promises to be a very physical encounter right from the onset.
Manly were blown off the park by a rampaging South Sydney pack last week, and no doubt they can expect more of the same with the Bulldogs juggernaut rolling into town.
Both sides have tasted victory over the other this season, however it is the Bulldogs who the recent advantage having won 4 of the past 5 clashes against the Sea Eagles at all venues.
5 of the last 7 meetings have failed to surpass 40pts, and with everything at stake we may well see another rugged, low scoring encounter here.
The Bulldogs come into this on the back of a season best performance against Melbourne, whilst off-field issues finally appear to be catching up with Manly.
The Sea Eagles pack is barely running on fumes at the moment, and it remains to be seen whether they are able to repel the big Bulldogs pack in order to allow space for their gifted backline.
In saying that, Manly are a side that can never be written off and may well have one last effort in them, so for that reason I’ll take either side to get up in what promises to be a fiery clash.