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Rugby League Week
Thursday, October 3, 2013

GRAND FINAL
PAUPER VERSUS THE PRINCE

THE $50K HERO

MANLY have given the toughest assignment of grand final day to a player on a pauper’s salary.

Under-rated back-rower Justin Horo, a player on just $50,000 this season, has been given the task of containing the Roosters’ million dollar man Sonny Bill Williams.

Unwanted by wooden spooners Parramatta at the end of last season, Horo joined the Sea Eagles this year on a bottom tier NRL contract . . . amazingly after he approached the club for a start over the summer.

Williams, in contrast, signed a whopping $800,000 deal after being chased by clubs in two codes from around the world. Throw in his lucrative boxing career and other endorsements, and SBW’s earnings are well over the seven-figure mark.

But all that will mean nothing when the two go head to head on the Roosters’ right edge in this Sunday night’s title decider.

“Justin did a great job on Sonny when we played the Roosters in the first week of the finals,” Manly assistant coach Brad Arthur tells RLW. “SBW is a handful, but Justin is a great kid and he was up to it and kept him fairly quiet.

“We have given him the job again and are quietly confident in him – he won’t let us down.”

Williams shapes as the key man to break the well-disciplined Manly defence, but the Sea Eagles think they have his measure.

“Justin was opposite him at Brookvale (in round nine) and handled him well again that time,” Arthur says. “The only time he really did some damage was the night he played five-eighth (in round 16).”

Read the full article in RLW this week.