In what was his first game in more than a year, Manly winger David Williams has given coach Des Hasler some food for thought come Rd 1, after he scored a double in the Sea Eagles 18-0 trial win tonight.
The man they call ‘Wolfman’ scored with his first touch of the ball, pouncing on a grubber from utility Terence Seu Seu.
The Sea Eagles showed their great depth in the halves, when Gary Ricciardi delivered a beautiful kick for winger Michael Oldfield to get on the scoreboard.
It was not until the second half however that both teams came out all guns blazing, as they played their full strength side, which made for a much better contest.
Whilst he left the game with a slight concussion, Williams was relatively unscathed, and pleased that he made it through the game with no major injuries.
“The lungs were blowing a bit, but I got through it which was good … the shoulder feels fine,” he said after the match.
“I remember using (the shoulder) a couple of times in D (defence), especially when I did a fair bit in the first part of the second half and it felt alright.
“I know there’s a bit more to work on and I’ll have a look at that and watch the tape and get a better recollection and we’ll go from there.”
Despite the loss, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was pleased with the performance from his players, especially their defence, and he was especially impressed with both Albert Kelly and Kade Snowden.
“I was really happy with Kade Snowden and Luke Douglas, I felt they have started where they finished last year,” he said.
“(Kelly) made a few linebreaks, I was happy with the way Albert went. He’s a work in progress.”