Manly finally find plan for no Trbojevic
Daly Cherry-Evans claims Manly have found a way to play without Tom Trbojevic, changing their game plan for when their superstar fullback is out.
Friday night's 50-18 flogging of North Queensland marked just their 10th win without Trbojevic in their last 35 attempts.
The 32-point margin was also their biggest without him since before his 2015 debut, with no other player in the NRL more influential over their team's output.
Trbojevic will return against Gold Coast next week but Manly will be without him in round 17 and Cherry-Evans is at least hopeful Friday's result shows they have turned a corner.
He indicated the Sea Eagles now operate with a slightly different game plan when without Trbojevic.
"We've built really nicely and put ourselves in a position that when Tom's out we're a bit clearer on how we can play and support each other," Cherry-Evans said.
"We've had a fair bit of time to deal with it all and process what it looks like when Tom's not playing.
"There's a lot that's happened in and around that ... from a coaching point of view.
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