Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog
Manly Sea Eagles celebrate the try of Glenn Stewart. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
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Manly Vs. Roosters
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 20 May, 2012
|Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, NSW|
|Manly 18 defeated Roosters 10|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: S Carrall & David Ryan|
The Manly Sea Eagles are missing four players to Origin duty but welcome back Kieran Foran for today’s clash against top eight contenders the Sydney Roosters. Join us for live scores and blog from 2.00pm AEST.
Both Manly and Sydney have been affected by State of Origin preparations this week, with numerous class players forced to sit on the sideline for today’s match.
Glenn Stewart, Brett Stewart, Tony Williams and Jamie Buhrer were all selected to play for New South Wales next week and will be missed by Manly this afternoon.
The Roosters however are also missing influential halfback Mitchell Pearce, who has done well to retain his Blues no.7 jersey on the back of some good recent form.
Despite having more players on Origin duty, Manly will start favourites today against a Roosters side that has severely struggled to beat the Sea Eagles over the past few seasons.
Manly are also coming off a tremendous win against Brisbane last week and finally appear to be playing their best football after a slow start to the season.
The Sea Eagles however will need to be on their toes against Sydney. Roosters coach Brian Smith is building a young squad that has shown great potential in attack and will cause Manly problems if the home side take them lightly.
Pearce’s absence is a cruel blow to the Roosters chances of upsetting the Sea Eagles this afternoon.
Over the past three weeks, Pearce has been outstanding for Sydney, particularly up the middle of the park where he has forged a strong combination with hooker Jake Friend.
Without Pearce in the line-up, captain Braith Anasta and Daniel Mortimer will be tasked with igniting a Roosters attack that can prove to be chaotic at times.
Sydney’s forwards this season have demonstrated a constant ability to offload possession and ignite second phase that has allowed the likes of Pearce, Friend and Minichiello to dominate.
The Roosters however will have to roll up their sleeves against a Manly pack that remains one of the most formidable in the NRL.
Despite missing Glenn Stewart, Sydney may still find it difficult to match a Sea Eagles pack containing representative players Anthony Watmough, Jason King, Brent Kite and Joe Galuvao.
The Roosters will also have to contain Jamie Lyon and Steve Matai who both wrecked havoc against the Broncos last week, particularly late in the match when Matai made a break that eventually allowed Lyon to set up David Williams for the match winning try.
With no love lost between these two rivals, expect a high scoring, and at times, heated contest between two sides who love to use the football.
Without Pearce in the side however, the Roosters may struggle to orchestrate the attack necessary to outplay Manly at Brookvale.
Sea Eagles by 10.
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