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Next Game: The Season has finished
Storm must stand up to Taumalolo: Carroll
29 Sep 2017
Melbourne's pack must stand up to Jason Taumalolo in their NRL grand final clash with North Queensland, former Manly premiership-winner Mark Carroll says.

The solution to stopping North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo is simple, former NRL hardman Mark Carroll believes.

However, it may be easier said than done.

After what he described as a "pop gun" effort from Sydney Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Carroll has dared Melbourne's pack to finally stand up to hulking Kiwis lock Taumalolo if they want to win Sunday's NRL grand final.

"How would I take him on? I tell you what, I wouldn't go low - my first tackle would be a penalty, I guarantee you," he told Fox Sports' NRL 360.

"I haven't seen anyone stand up to him yet.

"Be front-on to him, all day. I would give him everything.

"Come out of the line and give him a shake, I haven't seen the whites of his eyes yet."

The Manly premiership-winner said Melbourne had the pack to "demolish" Taumalolo, who made an example of his preliminary final tormentor Waerea-Hargreaves last weekend.

New Zealand prop Waerea-Hargreaves raised eyebrows when he called out Taumalolo before the grand final qualifier.

Taumalolo made him pay in a 256m effort that sparked the Cowboys' 29-16 upset and booked a second grand final appearance in three years.

Carroll nominated another big Kiwi, 125kg Storm bench forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona as the man to potentially stop Taumalolo.

"The Eastern Suburbs bloke came out beating his chest wanting to give it to him and what we saw was like a pop gun," said Carroll, who played in three straight grand finals with Manly, winning in 1996.

"I think you need to get in his brain a bit.

"He's got these magnificent teeth but I would be in his grill every tackle.

"See the size of the Melbourne forwards - they are humungous.

"He (Asofa-Solomona) is 120kg, he could demolish him."

Former NSW captain Ben Elias said Taumalolo was the key to the grand final, not Melbourne's "big three" of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.

"Their No.13 (Taumalolo) is without doubt the best player on that paddock," he told NRL 360.


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Last Game: The Eagles lost against the Cronulla Sharks 16 - 40 at Toyota Park, Australia (5312 days ago)  game results here
 Manly Eagles Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 11 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 52 
 Total Goals: 53 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 603 
 Total Points Against: 750 
 Leagues the Manly Eagles are in
2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Albert Torrens, Ben McDougall, Brad Kelly, Brendon Reeves, Danny Lima, David Westley, Grant Wooden, Jamie Goddard, Jason Ferris, Jason King, John Hopoate, John Malu, Lenny Beckett, Mark Shipway, Nathan Long, Nik Kosef, Robert Miles, Sam Murphy, Shayne Dunley, Steve Menzies, Tasesa Lavea, Wade Forrester,

 Players in 2001
Adam Muir, Andrew King, Ben Walker, Brett Kimmorely, Christian Hill, Geoff Toovey, Greg Ebrill, Jay Bandy, Joel Penny, Josh Stuart, Karl Lovell, Lee Murphy, Mark O'Meley, Paul Stringer, Phil Bailey, Scott Asimus, Scott McLean, Scott Pethybridge, Stephen Trindall, Steve Carew, Steve Carter, Tony Jensen, Willie Leyshon, Wyane Evans,

 Players in 2000
Adam Hayden, Andrew Frew, Brett Grogan, Damien Driscoll, Daniel Gartner, Jason Taylor, Michael Buettner, Nigel Roy, Owen Cunningham,
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Last Results

Saturday, 10 May, 2003
Sharks 40
Eagles 16


Saturday, 3 May, 2003
Penrith 30
Eagles 29


Sunday, 27 Apr, 2003
Eagles 28
South Sydney 20


Sunday, 20 Apr, 2003
Eagles 20
Melbourne 14


Sunday, 13 Apr, 2003
Eagles 38
St George 12


Sunday, 6 Apr, 2003
Wests Tigers 38
Eagles 12


Saturday, 29 Mar, 2003
Warriors 20
Eagles 16


Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 30
Eagles 20


Sunday, 8 Sep, 2002
Penrith 68
Eagles 28


Sunday, 1 Sep, 2002
Eagles 18
Warriors 16


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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