Grand final captains: Manly's Jamie Lyon and Roosters' Anthony Minichiello. Photo: Dallas Kilponen
The Sydney Roosters have to stop what coach Trent Robinson calls the best back line in the competition from turning it on come Sunday night.
The Roosters have been involved in dour struggles in their past three outings against Manly.
Their most recent clash, a 4-0 win to the Roosters in the first week of the finals, was intense, brutal and largely built on defence.
But Robinson said an improvement in attack, not defence, would go a long way to determining this year's premiership and called on his team to halt Manly's star-studded back line.
''When Manly and I looked at our last game we would've been quite happy with our defence,'' Robinson said. ''[On Sunday] you're going to have to fire some bullets in the other direction. We've definitely got to defend well again. They've got arguably the best back line in the competition. We will know our job there.''