A team is thrashed by 50 points two weeks ago and struggling with injuries; another tipped to be grand finalists, on a roll with a full compliment of available players and everything to play for. Huge odds for the underdogs. I hate to throw up the spectre of gambling but there is no rational explanation for the woeful performance last night; the worst in two seasons. If Manly and Newcastle were racehorses they would both be swabbed. If our work performance fluctuated so greatly from week to week we'd be swabbed. To me, only four or five of the 17 looked to be 'trying'. There were some too bad to be true. God help us if we lose Ballin and Lyon to injury!