Manly 'flip script' on NRL injury toll

Murray Wenzel
Lachlan Croker (c) will come off the bench to play five-eighth against Cronulla on Sunday

Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans immediately "flipped the script" after a spate of injuries tore through his backline and says it's instilled belief ahead of Sunday's clash with Cronulla.

The halfback rallied his men after star fullback Tom Trbojevic's latest hamstring injury, spurring them to a valiant win over Canberra last weekend.

Five-eighth Dylan Walker will also miss the Sharks clash but the captain says his side can handle life without them and are embracing the adversity.

"We were all pretty deflated when players like that go down, but as a skipper it's my job to keep the boys motivated and focused on what we've got, not what we don't have," Cherry-Evans said.

"So I just flipped the script a bit and said 'I know that sucks, but we've got a good opportunity to get one of the best wins of the season'.

"There were big smiles on their faces and the boys hung on."

Trbojevic has set up or scored a competition-best 11 of Manly's 16 tries this year, creating a daunting void for replacement Brendan Elliot to fill.

Lachlan Croker will come off the bench to play five-eighth, while Jorge Taufua is back from injury on the wing as is Martin Taupau in the front row.

Croker has endured his own injury dramas to play just 19 games across three seasons while Taufua and Taupau will provide the captain with welcome support.

"You don't need people to be Tom Trbojevic when they fill in ... there's more than one way to win a game," Cherry-Evans said.

"We're talking a fair bit of game experience (with Taupau and Taufua's return).

"The season goes on, this team keeps going on and that's the attitude we've got in mind at the moment," he said.

"If we don't back it up this weekend it's all for nothing."