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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Round 24 continues this afternoon when the Manly Sea Eagles take on the Canterbury Bulldogs at Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 1:50pm (AEST).
On paper, we have got a large mismatch this afternoon, with the Bulldogs already assured of the wooden spoon. The Sea Eagles do need to win to keep their quest for the top four alive.
In recent years, the absence of Tom Trbojevic has proved to be kryptonite for the Sea Eagles. However, with team confidence at an all-time high, they fought back to edge the Canberra Raiders 19-18 last round even without Tommy Turbo.
Daly Cherry-Evans kicked the winning field goal but Kieran Foran was the star, back to something approaching his best form. Moses Suli was also a standout, but he can’t make the 17 this weekend, such is Manly’s wealth of returning stars
Tom Trbojevic returns from injury at fullback, with Brad Parker also making his return. Toa Sipley retains his spot as a starting prop, with Josh Aloiai starting from the bench.
The Bulldogs were brave but ultimately fell short against the Knights last weekend. They made sure of the wooden spoon in the process.
Trent Barrett hasn’t been able to come up with a winning combination this season, with his halves always moving through revolving doors. Rumours of salary cap pressure are growing, so some will surely be playing for their future this afternoon.
Suspensions, off-field incidents and loan recalls have created upheaval in the forward pack. Adam Elliott, Luke Thompson, Corey Waddell, Corey Horsburgh and Ryan James are all out. Jack Hetherington and Ava Seumanufagai come back in, with Matt Doorey and Joe Stimson promoted. Bailey Biondi-Odo has been named at dummy half. The new-look interchange consists of Brandon Wakeham, Ofahiki Ogden, Chris Patolo and Sione Katoa.
I’ve got an overwhelming sense of doom for Bulldogs fans in this one.
It wouldn’t be easy against the Sea Eagles with a full-strength Bulldogs team. With the forward pack decimated, this will get ugly – maybe not quite as ugly as their last match, though.
Sea Eagles by 50
Manly Sea Eagles
1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Curtis Sironen 17. Josh Aloiai
1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Ava Seumanufagai 9. Bailey Biondi-Odo 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Matt Doorey 12. Joe Stimson 13. Josh Jackson
Interchange: 14. Brandon Wakeham 15. Ofahiki Ogden 16. Chris Patolo 17. Sione Katoa