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Cronulla Vs. Manly
2015 NRL Premiership Season, 7 September, 2015
|Remondis Stadium, NSW|
|Manly 14 defeated Cronulla 12|
|Referee: Cummins, B|
|Touch judges: Wise, M & MacFarlane, R|
Manly ended Cronulla’s hopes of a top four finish and put a black mark on their premiership aspirations with a 2-point in over the Sharks.
Cronulla 12 def. by Manly 14
The Cronulla Sharks can ensure a top four finish for the first time since 2008 with a victory over the fading Manly Sea Eagles at Remondis Stadium. Join The Roar from 3.50pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage.
The Sea Eagles will be hoping they are still in finals contention come kick off time. For this to happen, the Wests Tigers will need to defeat the Dragons on Saturday night. As Manly trails the Dragons by 61 on points differential, a miracle will be needed for them to play finals football.
It has been a disappointing end to the season for Manly who have all but played themselves out of finals contention after losses to the Eels and Roosters. At the very least, they would like to send off Geoff Toovey and Kieran Foran with a victory.
Following the Storm’s Thursday night victory over the Broncos, a win for the Sharks will mean a Friday night clash against the minor premiers, Sydney Roosters.
However a Cronulla loss, coupled with victories for the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs will see them to slip to 7th and miss out on a home final.
Anthony Tupou and Ben Barba return on an extended bench with Blake Ayshford making way.
Rookie of the year candidate Valentine Holmes will be looking to add to his impressive haul of 16 tries in his first full season in the top grade.
Willie Mason’s suspension means Ligi Sao will start at prop and Jesse Sene-Lefao comes onto the bench.
The Sea Eagles have won 11 out of the last 12 “Battle of the Beaches” matches dating back to 2008.
Although Manly will be keen for a big win to either get themselves into the finals or send Geoff Toovey out with a win, they are running into an inform opponent with a lot to play for.
While this game is hard to predict due to the unknown circumstances, I think the Sharks will grind out a win typifying their season.
Sharks by 2.
In any case, this match should be compelling viewing so follow The Roar from 3:50 (AEST) for live coverage, and remember to leave your comments as the game progresses.