30 Sep 2011

Manly convinced experience will count in NRL final

6:54 am on 30 September 2011

Rugby league club Manly are convinced their wealth of grand final experience will give them the upper hand in Sunday's grand final against the Warriors.

The Sea Eagles will have a staggering 10 players with grand final experience running onto ANZ Stadium, including eight survivors from the club's 2008 Premiership, ready to guide a host of young blood.

In contrast, the Warriors have just three - Lance Hohaia, who was a utility for the Warriors in the 2002 grand final against Sydney Roosters, and former Parramatta pair Krisnan Inu and Feleti Mateo who played in a losing effort in 2009.

Veteran forward Shane Rodney, who won a grand final with Galuvao at Penrith in 2003, says the disparity in experience was something Manly should take advantage of as they know what to expect.