South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly Sea Eagles: NRL live scores, blog
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South Sydney Vs. Manly
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 11 August, 2012
|Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, NSW|
|Manly 23 defeated South Sydney 6|
|Referee: B Cummins|
|Touch judges: R Turner & S Carrall|
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will be looking for seven consecutive victories when they host the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in a rare match at Gosford’s Bluetongue Stadium in Round 23 National Rugby League action. Join us for live NRL scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
Souths are one of the form sides of the competition and will come up against a fired-up Eagles sides in Gosford on Friday night football.
Meanwhile the Rabbitohs continue to impress with their mix of flamboyant attack and bruising defence.
Will their brilliance be enough to sink the defending premiers?
In a mouth watering showdown, 2011 Rookie of the Year Daly Cherry-Evans faces his heir apparent in dynamic half-back Adam Reynolds.
Reynolds has been a sensation since debuting at the start of 2012 after taking over from Chris Sandow. The diminutive playmaker has taken plenty of pressure away from John Sutton, who has been free to play his natural game. The results have been there for all to see.
But don’t count the Sea Eagles out of this contest just yet. They aren’t the premiers for nothing and continue to play tough and get results.
In the last two weeks, Geoff Toovey’s men have fought off both the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville and the New Zealand Warriors in Perth. They are starting to find some stability in their starting side and are reaping the benefits.
If the Rabbitohs think they’re going to have it easy in Gosford, they will be sore and sorry come Saturday morning.
Issac Luke is a huge inclusion for the Rabbitohs but will apparently start the match from the bench. Don’t be surprised if he starts in place of Nathan Peats.
Roy Asotasi will play for the North Sydney Bears in the NSW Cup while Jason King and Steve Matai are expected to play for Manly. Dean Whare and Tim Robinson are likely to drop from the extended Manly bench.
Like all rugby-league games, the battle needs to be won in the middle of the field first.
It is experience versus youth in a huge match on the Central Coast. In fact, every player in the Manly side besides Jorge Taufua has won a premiership.
Only Matt King and Michael Crocker have played in grand finals for the Rabbitohs.
Perhaps this time, experience might count against the Rabbitohs.
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