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Barrett: “Our spine has work to do”

Barrett: “Our spine has work to do” Written by MARK ST JOHN, March 4, 2016

NEW Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett admitted his team’s spine had to improve after a resounding 28-6 round one loss to the Bulldogs.

Former South’s centre Dylan Walker had an unhappy debut at six for Manly while Daly Cherry-Evans struggled in his new roving role and Barrett was hiding from the facts.

“It was never going to be the finished product,” Barrett said of his new look pairing.

“It was the first time we had Dylan (Walker), Cherry (Cherry-Evans), Api (Koroisau) and Tom (Trbojevic) in the same side and I thought it looked like that at times.

“We have some work to do with our continuity with our six, seven, nine and one and hopefully we get Snake (Stewart) back in there but again he won’t have played many games with them either so that will take some time.”

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler echoed his rival mentor’s words in his post-match press conference.

“It’s going to take a little while,” Hasler said when asked about his former club’s key men.

“Brett Stewart said it earlier in the week. It’s not going to happen overnight but they will continue to build and after a couple of rounds it will start to fall into place for them.”

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