Sport 'One bad game won't define my season': DCE

10:32  16 march  2021
10:32  16 march  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Daly Cherry-Evans can't think of a worse NRL game he's played than Saturday's 46-4 loss to Sydney Roosters, but that's the good news because the only way now is up.

a close up of Daly Cherry-Evans throwing a ball: Daly Cherry-Evans says the way is only up from here after having his worst game for Manly. © Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS Daly Cherry-Evans says the way is only up from here after having his worst game for Manly.

Immediately after Saturday's thrashing, the Manly skipper watched the replay on his couch at home over a cup of tea and a KitKat to  figure out where it went wrong.

The answer was: everywhere.

"I've definitely been guilty of that in the past, trying too hard," he said on Tuesday.

"I just wasn't executing and it might look all the same to everyone, which is fine, but there's big difference in me overplaying my hand and just not having a good day and unfortunately I just didn't have a good day in kicking, passing, running and even tackling.

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"Luckily I've had a few of those in the past so I know how to bounce back.

"I had one last year against the Dragons, I had some big errors, three in the first half but this was just an overall bad game.

"(No other game) pops to memory but I haven't started a season off like this for a while, so the positive of that is that it can't get much worse."

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The Queensland skipper, a veteran of 237 NRL games, said he often watches losses because even though it's hard he learns from them.

"Games like that are harder to watch than they are to experience," he said.

"But you've got to know what happened to know how to fix it.

"One bad game in round one isn't going to determine my season. It never has and it never will."

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After re-watching the horror loss to the Roosters, Cherry-Evans said it was obvious the side had a poor attitude in defence and it won't happen again against South Sydney on Saturday afternoon.

But one narrative out of the humiliating loss did not surprise him.

Reports surfaced on Monday that coach Des Hasler was fighting to save his career, but it has since emerged the club legend is on the verge of re-signing for the next two seasons for potentially his final contract as an NRL coach.

"(Was I) shocked and surprised, do you know what? Not in rugby league anymore," Cherry-Evans laughed.

"Honestly you just go, what? Round one and he's under the spotlight? It doesn't get much better than that, does it?"

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Last week had it all and, even better, we get to experience it again so soon. There were thrillers, blowouts, upsets and comebacks. Some top sides looked vulnerable, some non-finalists looked vastly improved. If it wasn’t enough to play around with our tips last weekend, it’s sure made this weekend a heck of a lot more complicated. The chaos meant five was the score to beat on the AFL expert tipping panel for Round 1, achieved by myself and the newest member of the panel; Dem Panopoulos, with poor Liam Salter getting stung by too many upsets and ending up with four.

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