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The Sydney Morning Herald


Date: 30/06/1988
Words: 514
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Sport
Page: 44
Manly's substantial chances of retaining their Winfield Cup title received a further fillip yesterday with the news that English front-rower Kevin Ward is returning to the club.

Ward, who will rejoin Manly after Great Britain's tour of Australia, will be available for their last three premiership matches and the finals series.

The Castleford prop played a prominent role in last year's grand final win over Canberra and, along with Australian representative Phil Daley, will give Manly one of the most formidable front-rows in the premiership.

Manly secretary Doug Daley spoke to Ward yesterday and said Castleford had no objection to his joining the Sea Eagles for the rest of the Australian season. Manly are now awaiting the formality of a clearance from the English Rugby League.

South Sydney captain Mario Fenech said last night that his side must win tonight's match against Cronulla at the Sydney Football Stadium to have any hope of gaining a final-five berth.

After last Saturday's disappointing loss to Penrith, Souths are three points behind fifth-placed Cronulla. Fenech said that loss would spur his side to a greater effort.

"It was obviously important that we beat Penrith, so now we are faced with an even more important game," he said. "The importance of this game will be our motivation. It is just a necessity for us to win."

Despite the adverse publicity surrounding the Stadium this year Souths have found it a happy hunting ground in recent weeks. In their last match there under lights they easily accounted for Brisbane 16-4.

"We've had a good success rate there and we feel confident we can go on with it," Fenech said.

Cronulla have several injury worries, including Australian winger Andrew Ettingshausen and halfback Barry Russell.

Ettingshausen suffered neck and knee injuries during Tuesday night's torrid second Test against Great Britain, and Russell is battling to recover from a hamstring complaint. Both players will undergo fitness tests today. Cronulla have already lost second-rower Allan Wilson, who has been replaced by Malcolm Wheeler.

The teams are:

SOUTHS: B Djura; B Longbottom P Roberts S Mavin A O'Neill; C Coleman P Blake; M Andrews W Chisholm M Ellison L Davidson M Fenech (capt) D Hosking. Reserves: M Blake D Maroon.

CRONULLA: J Docking; G Coleman A Ettingshausen M McGaw S Watson; M Speechley B Russell; D Hatch (capt) M Wheeler G Miller D Stains M Porter C Dimond. Reserves: D Harris G Picken.

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