Taufua aims to be lord of the wings

JORGE Taufua sent concern through the Manly camp after he limped from the field during yesterday's training session.

But the star Sea Eagle is set to be a certain starter in Sunday's grand final at ANZ Stadium - and was looking forward to his battle with Rooster Daniel Tupou on opposite sides of the field.

The two share a healthy rivalry dating back to when they played for Parramatta in the SG Ball, and are now among the most exciting wingers in the game.

"We were both in the Parramatta system. He played for Guildford and I played for Wentworthville Magpies," Taufua said.

"We versed each other there and even though we were in the same sort of (Eels) squads, we never actually got the chance to play with each other.

"When we were younger I think he used to have the wood over my junior side. I'm not sure if I have ever beaten him, obviously this year I haven't anyway."

Taufua is known for his physicality, while Tupou is renowned for his pace and athleticism.

"He's (Tupou) on Wolfie's (teammate David Williams) side, but I'll try and get over to his side and get a hit on him," Taufua said.

Fullback Brett Stewart (hamstring) and lock Anthony Watmough (knee) only watched the Sea Eagles' training session yesterday.

However, both said they too would be fine to play on Sunday, following Manly's 30-20 win over the Rabbitohs last Friday night.

Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins, meanwhile, have been appointed the grand final referees, with Luke Patten and Ashley Klein the video officials.

This season Hayne became the fourth referee to officiate 300 first-grade games, and it will be his third grand final. It will be the second for Cummins, who officiated in last year's decider.



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