Rugby league great Peter Sterling believes tonight’s game could very well be decided by Manly’s right-edge defence.

Sterling made particular mention of Manly centre Morgan Harper and skipper Daly Cherry-Evans for their effort during the Sea Eagles’ 40-12 loss to Melbourne in week one of the finals series.

South Sydney’s left-edge attack with Cody Walker running the show has been the backbone for much of the Rabbitohs’ success this year, which Sterling says Manly must stop.

“They (Manly) must get it right,” Sterling told Nine.

“That’s the danger – the left-side attack of South Sydney is fantastic.

“There was a lot of criticism of Manly’s right-side defence against Melbourne a fortnight ago.

“Much of that criticism was levelled at Morgan Harper and Daly Cherry-Evans, who likes to get up quickly.

“On the last tackle, even if you’re under fatigue, you’ve got to get up there and try and take the run element out of the opposition. Basically, force them to kick.

“While Morgan Harper and Daly Cherry-Evans struggled out there [against the Storm], a lot of it was to do because the man on the inside was making it difficult for them to make decisions.

“With Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds coming at you, you’ve got to get that right.

“I’ve got no doubt the back-row rill realise his role has got to be up in the front line and not in behind.”

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