Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog
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Manly Vs. Warriors
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 29 July, 2012
|Patersons Stadium, Perth|
|Manly 24 defeated Warriors 22|
|Referee: Jared Maxwell|
|Touch judges: Luke Potter & Henry Perenara|
Perth is in for a treat tonight as 2011 grand final combatants Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors clash in a match both teams will be desperate to win. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
Manly and New Zealand have lost their past two matches and need a win tonight to solidify their place inside the top eight.
The Sea Eagles currently sit on the edge of the eight after succumbing to the Knights and Bulldogs in successive weeks.
The Warriors, meanwhile are just outside the eight thanks to back to back defeats to the Broncos and Knights respectively.
But a win tonight will see New Zealand go back inside the top eight temporarily, pending the result of the Rabbitohs – Tigers game tomorrow.
With finals spots on the line, expect tonight’s contest to be played at a high intensity between the two sides that contested last year’s NRL grand final.
It will be very interesting to see how well the Warriors back up from last week’s disappointing 24-19 loss to Newcastle.
Leading 18-nil inside the opening 20 minutes at home, the Warriors fell apart as they succumbed to a Knights side that dominated the remainder of the contest.
Despite the bad defeat to Newcastle, the Warriors remain only a win outside the top eight, so they should be fit and firing for an assault against Manly.
The Sea Eagles are coming off a tough loss to the Bulldogs in a contest that ranks as one of the best this season in regards to the level of intensity displayed by both teams.
Despite their strong effort last week, Manly still succumbed to Canterbury and as a result, are now on the cusp of the eight.
The key to victory for both teams tonight will be the performances of their respective packs.
The Warriors rely heavily on trio Feleti Mateo, Russell Packer and Ben Matulino for their success upfront, and when they are on form, few teams can match the Warriors in the battle for field position.
When those three players are substituted however, the Warriors struggle immensely upfront, as evidenced by their slow capitulation against Newcastle last week.
With this in mind, don’t be surprised to see Mateo, Packer and Matulino play more minutes than usual in a bid to keep the Warriors on top of a strong Manly pack.
If the preceding players play well for New Zealand, the Warriors chances of winning tonight’s contest increase tenfold.
Quite games from the above trio however should see Manly control proceedings, with Daly Cherry-Evans, Kieran Foran, Jamie Lyon and Brett Stewart all capable of guiding the Sea Eagles to a tough win.
Sea Eagles by 4.
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