Manly coach Geoff Toovey is expecting Friday night's elimination semi-final against Cronulla to be every bit as physical as the Sea Eagles' brutal clash with Sydney Roosters.
The Sea Eagles will attempt to lift themselves from perhaps the most physically draining match of the season to play the Sharks at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.
Yet Toovey warned his players to expect much the same from the team which defeated the Roosters in round 24, in a match which had the intensity of a final.
"I think that's just the football we've seen in the semi-final series," Toovey said. "I don't expect this game to be any different."
How the Sea Eagles recover from their qualifying final will likely play a significant role in the result of Friday night's game.
Toovey said he had been pleasantly surprised with how his squad had reacted to the 4-0 slugfest, saying: "You'd think they'd be a bit mentally fatigued, but they've been really good this week."
Back-rower Anthony Watmough also warned his opponents against thinking they would be susceptible to a physical onslaught as a result of their last match.
"They [the Sharks] play a power game and they are probably just going to try and run over the top of us," Watmough said. "We love playing that type of footy too. It will be a good clash like the Roosters one."
Watmough has been hampered by a knee problem in recent weeks, but said of his own recovery from the Roosters clash: "The body is good. You feel better after those sorts of games. You put everything into them and you come out feeling better, well I do anyway. The knee is good, the body is good and the mind is even better."
The Sea Eagles were unable to score a point last Saturday night, although that says more about the resilient Roosters defence as it does the Sea Eagles' struggles in attack.
The Sea Eagles still boast the most potent outside backs in the premiership, based on tries scored. Fullback Brett Stewart (eight), wingers Jorge Taufua (18) and David Williams (19), and centres Jamie Lyon (14) and Steve Matai (11) have scored 70 tries between them.
Taufua and Williams are edging into rarefied air, with their combined 37 tries taking them into equal ninth on the list of all-time wing combinations for a season.
St George duo Eddie Lumsden (21) and Johnny King (16), and legendary Norths pair Cec Blinkhorn (20) and Harold Horder (17) also scored 37 tries between them, in 1962 and 1922 respectively.
Manly's combination will have at least one more attempt to better their efforts, and challenge the likes of Brisbane's Lote Tuqiri and Wendell Sailor, who scored a combined 39 tries in 2001. Newtown wingers Ray Preston (34) and Kevin Considine (21), produced the best season by a combination in 1954.
Toovey knows that sort of strike power will be important in the finals, saying: "They're on the end of a very classy centre pairing, and halves pairing. That tends to help.
"But they've certainly taken their opportunities."