Des Hasler's men are 80 minutes distant from a grounds betterment effort this play with a triumph implicit the Bulldogs.
Victory volition mean a apical 4 spot, which looked intolerable aft their fearfulness opening period to the season.
Manly slumped to their 4th consecutive nonaccomplishment to commencement the twelvemonth successful precocious March lone to crook it astir months later.
Only 1 different broadside successful the NRL epoch has gone connected to marque the apical 4 aft losing their opening 4 games - St George Illawarra successful 2005.
Manly's for-and-against done the opening period was unspeakable -122, worse than the Dragons' -82 done the aforesaid play successful 2005.
It came amidst Manly's worst-ever opening period successful some onslaught and defence, earlier Tom Trbojevic's instrumentality helped spark their season.
The Bulldogs spell into the lucifer looking to reverse their past gathering with the Sea Eagles which ended successful a 66-0 thrashing.