THEY’VE managed to beat Manly three times so far in 2013.
And should the Sydney Roosters manage a fourth victory in tomorrow’s NRL grand final at ANZ Stadium, it’ll make them the first team since St George in 1957 to record four wins against the one opponent in the one season.
But tri-colours utility Daniel Mortimer knows tomorrow’s clash will be by far the toughest the Roosters have encountered this season.
“Coming up against Manly in April or May is totally different to getting them in September and October. They’re a totally different team,” the Orange CYMS and SJS junior said.
“They’re a finals footy team. They’ve got that experience. They’ve won a couple before.”
Manly own two of the last five premierships and tomorrow’s decider will be the club’s fourth grand final appearance in seven years.
The Sea Eagles boast arguably the best halves pairing in the game in the form of Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran, the best centre at the moment in Jamie Lyon and the deadly one-two Stewart brothers punch with Glenn and Brett.
Anthony Watmough and wingers Jorge Tafua and David Williams are also in good form.
But the Roosters, minor premiers, have been the best side all season.
Likely to come on late in the first half, Mortimer will provide the Bondi boys with plenty of spark around the ruck and look to get the big Roosters pack rolling forward.
While both sides boast plenty of players capable of turning the game on its head, Mortimer believes the 2013 premiership will be won and lost by whichever side does the little things the best.
“Those little one per centres,” he said.
“Both sides have got plenty of star players who can blow the game open, but it’ll be won by the team that does those little things better. Hopefully we have more of them than the Sea Eagles on Sunday.”
Agonisingly close to a premiership win with the Eels in 2009, Mortimer said the entire clan was heading down for the game on Sunday to hopefully witness a grand final victory.
“Talking to my brothers, they’re very jealous,” he said.
“If we were to win it, it’d be like all of my brothers’ dreams coming true. I want to include them in this as much as possible.
“They’ve very happy for me to be in this position.”