Manly Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores, blog
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Manly Vs. Newcastle
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 20 August, 2012
|Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, NSW|
|Manly 42 defeated Newcastle 20|
|Referee: J Robinson|
|Touch judges: Daniel Eastwood & J Walsh|
The Manly Sea Eagles are in good form and will be keen to end the finals hopes of a Newcastle Knights side that ambushed the reigning premiers just several weeks ago. Join us for NRL live scores and blog from 3.00pm AEST.
Manly have won their past three matches and are starting to build impressive momentum heading into the finals.
The Sea Eagles brought the red-hot Rabbitohs crashing back to earth last week, defeating South Sydney 23-6 in a clinical performance from Geoff Toovey’s men.
Despite conceding an early try, Manly kept South Sydney scoreless for over 70 minutes, thus continuing a solid defensive run that has seen the Sea Eagles concede just 12 points in 160 minutes of football.
Such attitude in defence does not bode well for the Knights chances of victory this afternoon.
Newcastle was impressive in their 26-4 demolition of Cronulla on Monday night, but now travel to Brookvale Oval where they have lost 10 of their past 12 matches against Manly.
The Sea Eagles will also been keen to avenge their heavy 32-6 loss to the Knights just five weeks ago – a win that kick-started a winning run which has seen Newcastle win six of its past eight matches.
Manly are looking more formidable with each passing match and at home will be a tough nut to crack for Newcastle.
The Sea Eagles outmuscled the Rabbitohs last week and may just have too much firepower upfront for the Knights to handle.
Matt Ballin, Anthony Watmough, Brent Kite, Tony Williams and Jason King were all very strong against South Sydney and look set to dominate again at home.
The Knights though do have confidence on their side, with key players Danny Buderus, Darius Boyd and Jarred Mullen starting to play some good football.
If Newcastle’s spine can once again fire this afternoon, Newcastle is certainly a chance of causing the upset and keeping their season alive.
With the Knights in desperate need of a win, the Sea Eagles will have to roll up their sleeves today and play with the intensity that has served them so well over the past few weeks.
If Manly are close to their best, it should be enough to withstand a spirited Newcastle performance
Sea Eagles by 8.
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