Brown wary of wounded Sea Eagles
Warriors coach Nathan Brown says some of the criticism aimed at Manly has been harsh considering the opposition they have had to face so far this season.
The Sea Eagles have yet to win in the opening four rounds of the 2021 NRL campaign, and not only that, the manner of the defeats have also been alarming.
The Warriors are up against Des Hasler's men on Friday night and will be expected to pile more pressure on the Sea Eagles.
However Brown believes that Manly are a far better side than the results have suggested and has warned his players against complacency.
"The Eagles have played Penrith, Souths and the Roosters - all extremely difficult teams who were considered top four coming into the season," Brown said.
"They're going through some difficult times with Tommy Trbojevic being out and a couple of other blokes being out so I wouldn't look too much into where they are on the ladder.
"They've played some very good teams, and for us, we've got to sort out our own backyard to give ourselves a good chance."
As for the Warriors they are 2-2 and Brown is well aware of where his side need to improve following a 20-point loss to the Roosters in round four.
"The key thing is obviously the defence," Brown added. "We got well beaten there with the speed of the game by the Roosters the other day so it's an area of the game we've certainly got to improve."
The Warriors will be without star prop Addin Fonua-Blake who has been ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury.
The Warriors are priced at 34.00 to win the NRL grand final.
The Warriors are 1.45 to beat the Sea Eagles.
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