The Manly Sea Eagles have suffered a horror begin to the 2022 season however coach Des Hasler is refusing responsible his star fullback Tom Trbojevic for his or her woes.
His facet was thumped 28-6 by defending premiers Penrith in spherical one and 26-12 by the Sydney Roosters on Friday evening, plunging the Sea Eagles into an early gap.
Manly misplaced their first 4 video games in 2021 earlier than surging to a preliminary remaining, however ‘Tommy Turbo’ was out injured in the course of the first month of that season.
This time round their star fullback is on deck however has been nullified by each the Panthers and Roosters. Stats show that his type is nicely down from final yr.
Turbo set the NRL on fireplace in 2021 with arguably among the best seasons by a person in historical past, however he has been unable to copy that type in 2022.
Turbo had arguably one of the best season ever seen by a person participant in 2021, ending with 28 tries, 28 attempt assists, 124 deal with breaks, and 33 line breaks in 18 video games. It culminated in him successful the Dally M Medal and being named fullback of the yr.
The 28 tries he scored included 5 hat-tricks and he set a brand new membership document for many tries in a single season for Manly.
He averaged 209 metres per sport in 2021, had an 82.83 per cent deal with effectivity price, averaged 6.9 deal with breaks per sport, 1.8 line breaks and 1.6 attempt assists.
However in two video games in 2022, Turbo is averaging 152 operating metres, has a 61.54 per cent deal with effectivity price, two deal with breaks per sport, 0.5 line breaks and 0.5 attempt assists.
It has raised questions on whether or not he’s 100 per cent match.
‘You simply see Tom on that earlier set grimacing as he performs the footy. I’m unsure [if he is 100 per cent],’ Fox Sports activities commentator Michael Ennis mentioned.
‘One thing just isn’t proper, he was sluggish to stand up,’ fellow commentator Dan Ginnane added.
Hasler has put the blowtorch on his complete facet for a lacklustre begin to the 2022 NRL season and doesn’t consider that Turbo is the issue.
However Hasler mentioned there have been no points with Turbo and the issue was with your entire workforce, not only one participant.
‘He’s 100 per cent and I mentioned final week and it’s not simply Tom, it’s our entire assault,’ Hasler mentioned.
‘It’s clunky and it suffers on the again of continually having to defend repeat units tonight.
‘They constructed actually good stress, the Roosters, and that fatigues you if you find yourself popping out of your personal finish on a regular basis.
‘We’ve received to counteract the plans towards Trbojevic by discovering and creating higher discipline place.’
Trbojevic struggled for momentum within the season opener towards the Penrith Panthers earlier than additionally being nullified by the Sydney Roosters in spherical two.
Fox Sports activities commentator Braith Anasta mentioned within the wake of the spherical one loss to the Panthers that Manly and Turbo might anticipate extra ache in 2022.
‘He’s a genius however he’s going to be examined this yr greater than he’s ever examined earlier than,’ he mentioned.
Paul Kent believes Trbojevic have to be restricted to lower than 150 metres of operating a sport with a purpose to maintain him quiet.
‘We had a take a look at the stats in the present day within the final two years and when Tom’s ran for lower than 150 metres, Manly have misplaced so basically there’s your reply,’ he mentioned.