"I GET a good feeling ... Oh!" Those were the words of triumphant Manly back-rower Anthony Watmough who could not stop singing with delight after the Sea Eagles' 30-20 win over South Sydney in Friday night's preliminary final.
Watmough was buzzing around the Manly change rooms after the impressive win despite carrying a knee injury into the game against the Rabbitohs.
The delight of Watmough making his fourth grand final, and some pain-killing injections, numbed any physical pain the 30-year-old was going through.
"The doc needled the leg up pretty good. I'm numb down to the toes," he said.
"I felt it a little bit in the back of the first half but other than that it was good."
Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart, who made his return from injury against the Rabbitohs, was also feeling no pain.
Stewart starred against the Rabbitohs and said his hamstring should survive another test in Sunday's grand final against the Roosters.
"It did the world of confidence for me to get through the game. There'll be a nine-day turnaround as well," Stewart said.
Meanwhile, Watmough said the Sea Eagles continued to thrive on their underdog tag.
"We've been written off all year," he said.
"To keep proving people wrong and turning up for one another, it goes to show what this club's all about.
"We're mates, everyone. We've been together for a long time and oh, it's a good feeling."
Meanwhile, Manly's Glenn Stewart (high tackle) and Roosters centre Michael Jennings (tripping) have both been cleared by the judiciary to play in the grand final.
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