Sydney Roosters vs Manly Sea Eagles: NRL live scores, blog
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Roosters Vs. Manly
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 24 June, 2012
|Allianz Stadium, NSW|
|Manly 52 defeated Roosters 14|
|Referee: Shayne Hayne|
|Touch judges: D Abood & S Carrall|
The Sydney Roosters came back to winning ways last week and need to continue their good form if they are to beat reigning premiers the Manly Sea Eagles today. Join us for live score updates and commentary from 3:00pm AEST.
Despite fading badly in the second half, the Roosters managed to defeat a red hot Tigers outfit 42-28 last week and will fancy their chances of causing another upset when they face Manly.
The Roosters were playing their best football for sixty minutes last week when they raced to a 36-10 lead against a Tigers side that had no answers to Sydney’s aggression upfront.
Big men Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Frank Paul Nuuausala, Martin Kennedy, Aiden Guerra and Boyd Cordner were all strong for the Roosters last week and will need to be at their best again if they are to match a physical Manly pack.
The Sea Eagles will be desperate to get back to winning ways after succumbing to Melbourne at home on Monday night.
Despite leading 18-12 at halftime, Manly were outmuscled in the second half as the Storm came back to win 26-22 in a high quality encounter.
That loss however has left Manly in eighth position on the NRL ladder and need a win today to establish a four point gap between themselves and the chasing pack.
With both sides possessing strong forward packs, expect this tussle to be won upfront this afternoon.
The Roosters scored seven tries last week on the back of dominant performances from their forwards, with Hargreaves, Guerra, Cordner, Kennedy and Lami Tasi all scoring tries against the Tigers.
Once they get a roll on upfront, the Roosters are capable of punching holes in any defence and will fancy their chances of getting on top of a Manly pack without Glenn Stewart and Tony Williams.
Sydney’s defence however remains a huge concern due to another late collapse against the Tigers.
Leading 36-10, the Tigers stormed to within eight points before Kennedy finally put the nail in the coffin with a late try for the Roosters.
Although the Roosters survived that comeback, they can ill-afford to take their foot of the accelerator against a class outfit such as Manly.
With Brett Stewart, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Steve Matai, Jamie Lyon and Anthony Watmough in the line-up, the Sea Eagles simply possess too much class in attack and will open the Roosters up if Sydney fails to respect possession.
Sydney can often lose their way in attack and defence, so expect Manly to really aim up in the forwards to unsettle the Roosters and force them into error.
With two vital competition points on the line today, this contest should go down to the wire.
Although the Roosters are at home and should provide the Sea Eagles with a huge test, Manly still possess the class necessary to secure an important victory away from home.
Sea Eagles by 4