Winner will need a week off: Lamb

BULLDOGS legend Terry Lamb believes Friday night's qualifying final between his former team and Manly at ANZ Stadium will be of such high intensity, the winner will deserve not having to play next weekend.

"Both teams are very aggressive. Whoever wins will need a week off," he said.

Lamb said he was happy with forward Dene Halatau's return from a ruptured medial ligament last weekend in the NSW Cup, playing a full game and putting his hand up to make a return in the finals.

After enduring a year full of injury setbacks, the Sea Eagles have hit their straps at the right time.

A fully-fit team is set to take the field in what promises to be a memorable grudge match.

Manly second-rower Anthony Watmough left the field with a thumb injury early in the first half of his team's win over the Titans but pulled up fine.

Co-captain Jason King also came through unscathed after his return from a shoulder injury.

"The two times we've played them this year it's been that tough, grinding football," he said. "It's the type of football you have to play to win these big games."

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