2 Oct 2011

Strong finish tipped by Warriors coach

6:13 am on 2 October 2011

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary is confident his side's ability to finish strongly will serve them well in the NRL grand final against Manly on Sunday.

"It's always handy to get a good start and Manly are traditionally good starters, but at the end of the day the game's won over 80 minutes," he said.

Seeking their eighth title, the Sea Eagles are $A1.50 favourites, with the Warriors $A2.65.

"(Manly are) the best team this year, I guess alongside Melbourne," Cleary said.

"They've got big match experience, they've won the grand final only recently and played in a few more.

"They've been one of the benchmark teams for a long time and the history of the club is all about winning.

"It's a pretty good package."

A crowd of 82,000 is expected at ANZ Stadium for the match. Wind and showers with a maximum of 18 degrees are forecast for Sydney.

Kick off is 5pm (AEDT).