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The Manly Sea Eagles have the Cronulla Sharks and a long injury list to overcome if they’re to get a Sunday afternoon victory today. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:05pm to see how this encounter plays out.
Manly’s win over Canberra this time last week was as gutsy as it gets, but it’s left Des Hasler’s men beaten and bruised for today’s match – and beyond. Dylan Walker did his ankle, Tom Trbojevic pinged his hamstring once again, and close eye was kept on Brad Parker after his head knock, although he was named to start in the centres.
Trbojevic is the big loss for the Sea Eagles. The star fullback is often Manly’s most influential player and has been a real barometer for their success. He’s also their leading try-scorer this year with four.
There are at least a couple of players returning from the casualty ward today, with Martin Taupau and Jorge Taufua back in the side after injury lay-offs of their own.
The Sharks might not have the same injury worries as their rivals – the same 17 players who managed to get the job done over the Bulldogs last Sunday – but they have a woeful record against today’s opponents. In their history, they’ve only won about a quarter of their matches against Manly.
Coupled with their bottom-half position on the ladder, it won’t fill Cronulla fans with an awful lot of confidence heading into today’s game.
Kick-off: 4:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Central Coast Stadium
TV: Fox Sports, Channel Nine
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass, 9Now
1. Brendan Elliot, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Tevita Funa, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Lachlan Croker, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench/Reserves: 14. Cade Cust, 15. Jack Gosiewski, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Taniela Paseka, 18. Morgan Boyle, 19. Abbas Miski, 20. Haumole Olakau’atu, 21. Toafofoa Sipley
1. Matt Moylan, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Bryson Goodwin, 6. Shaun Johnson, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham (c), 13. Jack Williams
Bench/Reserves: 14. Toby Rudolf, 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 16. Siosifa Talakai, 17. Royce Hunt, 18. Scott Sorensen, 19. Connor Tracey, 20. William Kennedy, 21. Jackon Ferris