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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Round 21 of the NRL Premiership continues tonight when the Manly Sea Eagles host the Parramatta Eels at 4 Pines Park in Brookvale. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:55pm (AEST).
So, here we go again, Manly and Parra. Apart from both teams battling for a top-eight position, this match-up has many subplots.
How will Manly go with their team back together again, how will the Eels fare without their halfback, and which jersey would Martin Taupau prefer to be wearing? Hopefully we get some answers tonight.
The Sea Eagles’ effort in their 20-10 loss to the Roosters last round was commendable, but it doesn’t tell us a whole lot about what to expect tonight. At the very least, there is some class returning.
Daly Cherry-Evans is in career-best form and, whilst his halves partnership with Kieran Foran is coming to an end soon, their season may not be done yet. For Manly to stay in touch with the eight, a win is essential.
Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Tolutau Koula, Haumole Olakau’atu and Toafofoa Sipley all return to the first grade line-up.
Andrew Davey has been named despite suffering a head knock last start and Ben Trbojevic returns to the 17.
For the first 30 minutes of their game last week, the Eels played near flawless football. The Panthers were already behind before Nathan Cleary’s departure, and the Eels looked to be winners early.
The scoreline suggests a comfortable win but errors returned in the second half and a 12-man Panthers outfit won the second 40. That has been the story of the Eels all season – sometimes perfect, sometimes poor. Inconsistency doesn’t win premierships.
In a hit to the Eels, Mitchell Moses will be out for a number of weeks with a finger injury. Jake Arthur takes his place.
The Sea Eagles’ season goes on the line tonight. Another loss here would spell the end of their 2022 premiership tilt.
The loss of Moses is destabilising for the Eels, and it may take them a few weeks to get used to footy without him.
The Sea Eagles will sneak home.
Sea Eagles by 2.
Kick-off: 7:55pm (AEST)
Venue: 4 Pines Park, Brookvale
TV: Channel Nine, Fox League
Live stream: Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Sea Eagles: $1.80; Eels: $2.00 – odds via PlayUp
1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ben Trbojevic 16. Martin Taupau 17. Morgan Boyle
1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jakob Arthur 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Ryan Matterson
Interchange: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore