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Barrett challenges Manly pack to fire up

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Manly coach Trent Barrett has urged his underrated forwards to bring another dose of the fire tor Friday's NRL clash against South Sydney. © SWpix.com/Rex Images Manly coach Trent Barrett has urged his underrated forwards to bring another dose of the fire tor Friday's NRL clash against South Sydney. Manly coach Trent Barrett has urged his underrated forwards to bring another dose of the fire for Friday's NRL clash against South Sydney.

The Sea Eagles stood up to the much-vaunted Canberra forwards last week, but now have the challenge of facing the Sam Burgess-led Souths pack.

And while Barrett stopped short of encouraging more of the sledging that dominated the aftermath of the Raiders win, he has told his charges to repeat their performance against Souths.

"We're going to have to. The Canberra pack's big and so is this one," Barrett said on Thursday.

"I'm confident they can do a job. They proved to themselves that they can do it at different stages through the year and we've just got to be consistent with it."

Barrett said his players reveled in the heated exchanges in the nation's capital last week but was adamant the focus should always be on securing the two competition points.

"Look that's the way the game went. It was a pretty fiery game," he said.

"I don't mind, I think the players enjoy it. But some games are like that, some aren't. We've just got to make sure we win - I'm not too concerned about the style of what it is."

The Rabbitohs have lost some of their aura since rampaging their way to the 2014 premiership.

However, Barrett insists Burgess remains the best forward in the world.

"He's the ultimate competitor, and he's their leader. He's certainly one we've got to watch," he said.

Barrett believes stopping the Rabbitohs pack would restrict the impact of halfback Adam Reynolds, who propelled his team to a 38-18 comeback win in round two.

Reynolds is set to return after a one-week layoff with a hip injury.

"He kicked us off the park last time we were here at Brookvale and we're going to have to do a good job on him," Barrett said.

"That's one of his strengths but what comes before that is a lot of big bodies rolling forward. South Sydney do that very well. We're going to have to be really good physically.

"That may negate a little bit of what Adam Reynolds can do, but we've just got a huge job to do and our forward pack's got a big job to do."

STATS THAT MATTER

* Nine of the past 13 clashes between these two sides have been decided by double figures.

* Souths are looking to avoid losing their first four home games to start a season for the first time since 2006 - when they finished with the wooden spoon.

* Manly's 91.7 per cent completion rate against Canberra last week was their best in a match since 2007.

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