Manly can expect one frosty reception on the Gold Coast this Monday night and it will have nothing to do with the east coast’s Antartic vortex.
The Sea Eagles’ NRL clash with the Titans would have been marked down in every diehard Gold Coast supporter’s calendar ever since Daly Cherry-Evans’ controversial backflip.
The halfback reneged on a multi-million dollar deal to become the Titans’ marquee man from next season to sign a new deal at Brookvale.
It was a decision which went down like a lead balloon among everyone associated with the Titans.
While there is bound to be plenty of vitriol coming from the stands, Titans assistant coach Terry Matterson has warned his players not to get too focused on Cherry-Evans.
The Titans can move within a win of the top eight if they can defeat the Sea Eagles and Matterson says results, not vendettas, are the team’s motivation.
“It’s not a focus for us at all,” Matterson said when asked about Cherry-Evans.
“Our focus is on our own performance.
“It’s a pretty important game for us as well. We need a performance. We’ve performed pretty well at home this year without getting the results.
“It’s important to turn those close games into results now.”
Titans skipper Nate Myles, who will join the Sea Eagles next year, is set to back up following his State of Origin exploits for Queensland on Wednesday.
The club is also hoping rookie halfback Kane Elgey (ankle) and hooker Beau Falloon (wrist) may make quicker than expected returns from injury for Monday’s game.
Both took part in Sunday’s captain’s run at CBUS Super Stadium and Matterson says a decision on whether either or both will play will be made on Monday.
Their returns would add to a Titans’ team already boosted by the inclusion of Ryan James and Kevin Gordon following last weekend’s bye.
The Sea Eagles have stuck by the same team which defeated Cronulla last weekend with Justin Horo the only addition to the travelling party on a five-man bench.
STATS THAT MATTER
* Jamie Lyon will become just the 19th Manly player to play 200 NRL games for the club
* Gold Coast have lost four of their past six clashes with the Sea Eagles
* Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart has scored nine tries in eight appearances against the Titans, losing just once in the process