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HomeSportRugby LeagueDes Hasler won't blame 'Manly Seven' for season demise

Des Hasler won’t blame ‘Manly Seven’ for season demise

Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler has refused to blame the ‘Manly Seven’ after his team was flogged 40-6 by Cronulla Sharks at 4 Pines Park on Saturday night.

Asked how the seven players’ refusal to wear a jumper adorned with the rainbow ‘pride’ symbol in a crucial game against the Roosters had affected the club’s season – which has gone right off a cliff after four straight losses – Hasler would not bite.

“We won’t be using that as an excuse,” Hasler said.

“We’re probably missing players as well. We’ve got quite a bit of talent on the sideline.

“But again, we won’t be using that as an excuse.

“We had 17 players out there tonight with an opportunity to win a game of footy.”

Kieran Foran, who played his last game for Manly at Brookvale on Saturday, insisted that team harmony “is good”.