Manly coach Geoff Toovey believes Melbourne should be regarded as favourites to win their NRL preliminary final given the experience returning to the Storm squad.
Manly boast a phenomenal record of 11 straight wins in the grand final qualifier going back to 1975 and his side are coming off an impressive win over North Queensland last week.
However, Toovey is adamant the reigning premiers are the underdogs given the senior forwards returning from injury for Melbourne who blitzed South Sydney in week one of the finals.
Jason Ryles (hamstring) and Sika Manu (back) have been added to a 20-man Storm squad for Friday night's clash at AAMI Park.
Toovey believes the inclusion of the abrasive pair to a team with plenty of finals experience over the past five seasons means the Sea Eagles will need an upset victory to advance to next Sunday's premiership decider.
"Because they've been up there for so long at this time of year, I don't think they have too many weaknesses," said Toovey on Wednesday.
"They've got great depth which a lot of teams haven't got the luxury of.
"And with a lot of their senior players coming back from injury so they'll even bolster their side more.
"With that experience back into their team ... I think they probably deserve to be favourites."
In response to Canterbury coach Des Hasler's call to scrap the video referees, Toovey said the issue should be addressed but at the end of the season as a better system needs to be found.
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