Williams fit for WCC clash with Rhinos
February 14, 2012
Winger David Williams is fit to make his comeback
for Manly Sea Eagles in a potential fiery clash in the World Club Challenge against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie on
William’s missed the Grand Final victory in October with a broken neck but landed in
England on Friday with the 20-man squad which included eight other members of the Manly team that beat Leeds in an ill-tempered
game in 2009.
New coach Geoff Toovey is expected to name the Kangaroos winger in the team that will play in front
of a full house with the majority of the 20,000 crowd baying for the local team. It will be a new experience for many of the
Manly squad, but the Rhinos’ home advantage doesn’t worry Toovey.
“It doesn’t matter where we play,
” he said. “I think the players will be very excited about playing in front of a hostile crowd.
take that on board. It’s a great experience for our players. Not many of our players have been over here.”
have not forgotten the trouble at Elland Road the last time the two teams met and Rhinos’ coach Brian McDermott has his
players prepared for another brawl should the game flare up again.
Manly prop Josh Perry and England skipper Jamie
Peacock were sin-binned for their part in the fighting that broke out in the NRL side’s 28-20 win and McDermott warned
his players won’t stand back if the fireworks start again.
“We want it and I am guessing Manly want it,”
“I am not into saying to the guys ‘If it is going tits up, let’s have a fight’. That is the wrong way to
go about it … I am hoping the job is done and dusted after 25 minutes in our favour.
“But if it is on, it is on.
We are ready for whatever comes.”
Leading Australian sports betting website Sportsbet make the Sea Eagles 1.60 in the head to head with Rhinos and have set
a handicap line of +3.5 for Leeds. There are 15 betting markets available on the game which kicks off at 07:00 AEDT on