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Just 16 points differential separate these two teams, when the Sea Eagles travel to Cronulla to wrap up the 10th round of competition. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 4:05pm AEST.
The Sharks come into this game as slight favourites, coming off a gritty 26-18 win versus the Gold Coast to kick off Magic Weekend. They’ve won three of their last four, with five victories and four losses overall.
Manly are ranked one position higher, with the same win-loss record, but are coming off a loss to Brisbane. Their season has been positive on a whole, with five from their previous six, before last weekend’s loss.
It’s important for the Sea Eagles to get some momentum: they play three of the bottom four in their next three fixtures, the Titans, Cowboys and Penrith, before taking on the Dragons, then the Gold Coast again.
Cronulla have a derby versus the Dragons, then a rematch against the Eels, before Canberra, who both have places inside the top eight currently.
In team news, Dylan Walker returns for the Sea Eagles, for his first match of the year, in what is a huge plus for them.
Addin Fonua-Blake, Jorge Taufua and Lachlan Croker all return from their respective injuries as well. Curtis Sironen makes the change from No.6 to the forwards, as Jack Gosiewski drops to the pine.
Kelepi Tanginoa and Abbas Miski are gone from the 17, and the latter will appear for Blacktown Worker Sea Eagles in Canterbury Cup.
Cronulla are unchanged at this stage, though Andrew Fifita and Matt Prior are a chance of playing.
Cronulla should do the job at home, especially if Fifita and Prior run out.
Time: 4:05pm AEST
Venue: Pointsbet Stadium
Odds: Cronulla $1.55, Manly $2.45
Referees: Ashley Klein, Matt Checchin
TV: Fox League, Channel 9
1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Aaron Gray 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen.
Interchange: 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Sione Katoa 20. Billy Magoulias 21. Will Kennedy.
1. Brendan Elliott 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Kane Elgey 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic.
Interchange: 14. Manase Fainu 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Corey Waddell 17. Morgan Boyle 18. Kelepi Tanginoa 19. Cade Cust 20. Taniela Paseka 21. Lloyd Perrett.