Manly Sea Eagles full-back Tom Trbojevic can thank Harry, says Brad Fittler
Posted On August 5, 2021
Brad Fittler believes Tom Trbojevic’s late-night sprint loss to “Harry” on Manly’s Corso in February played a big part in triggering his recent scorching form and his NRL best player label.
The Sea Eagles full-back has been unstoppable for the past several months, cutting him out of the NRL to lead Manly to fifth on the ladder and also receiving the Wally Lewis medal as the best player in the State of Origin series of that year. year.
And remarkably, he’s the favorite to win the Dally M medal despite missing the first five games of the season with another hamstring injury.
Trbojevic has been sidelined for big chunks of the 2019 and 2020 seasons due to injury, and it was mostly his hamstrings that let him down.
Sea Eagles fans were therefore shocked when the club announced during the offseason that Trbojevic would miss the start of the season because he had torn his hamstrings slipping in the shower.
Not everyone agreed when a video emerged of Turbo being beaten up by a guy called Harry during a night sprint.
Either way, Fittler believes Harry can probably take some of the credit for Trbojevic’s mind-blowing form since returning to the pitch in mid-April when he made huge physical improvements.
“I’m telling you what helped him,” he told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and the eighth.
“The incident at Manly at the start of the season. You should see what kind of shape he’s in right now. He’s a weapon. He’s so much stronger than I’ve ever seen him.
“He’s a different beast right now. He’s focused, training hard.”
A Trbojevic masterclass on Monday night led Manly to a 40-22 victory over Cronulla in a performance that included a hat trick from Turbo in just 10 minutes after halftime.
His stats were extraordinary: three tries, three assists, 217 yards of run, 14 tackle breaks, three line breaks and four line break passes.
“He’s from another planet,” Andrew Johns said.
“I sat down the other night and said, ‘This guy is from another planet’.”
Johns is adamant Trbojevic will claim the Dally M, while Fittler sees Cody Walker and Nathan Cleary, who is set to return from a shoulder injury, as the only threats for Turbo.
And with Trbojevic in the lead as Manly aim for a top-four spot with five regular season games remaining, Johns believes the Sea Eagles can stop Melbourne’s incredible 16-game winning streak in the hit game this Saturday.
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More importantly, they can disrupt defenses throughout the park, according to Johns.
“To beat Melbourne you have to move the ball,” he said.
“You have to be unorthodox. You have to move the ball. You have to disrupt them.
“If you (produce) plays, they just eat you up. And Manly has attack pockets. On the left side, they have (Josh) Schuster and (Kieran) Foran working together. In the middle, they all have these fat guys and scheming Jake Trbjovic.
“Then on the right side, DCE and Morgan Harper combine with (Haumole) Olakau’atu. Damn, I love him as a player. So I think Manly wins just because of their pockets of attack, and they have great confidence and in great shape. “
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