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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Round 9 of the NRL Premiership continues this afternoon when the Manly Sea Eagles take on the Wests Tigers at 4 Pines Park. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3.00pm AEST.
The Tigers revival hit a roadblock last weekend. They will have a hard job getting their show back on the road this week, with the Sea Eagles getting closer to full strength.
Although they lost against the Rabbitohs last round, Des Hasler would have been really pleased with how the Sea Eagles dealt with the adversity of being one man down.
Daly Cherry Evans and Kieran Foran were in everything against South Sydney, which bodes well for this week. They have also unearthed some potential gems in Christian Tuipulotu and Tolutau Koula, who both caused multiple problems for the Rabbits’ defence.
With Jason Saab and Brad Parker out with injury, Manly get a boost with Tom Trbojevic’s return. Ben Trbojevic takes Parker’s spot with Reuben Garrick shifting to the wing. Haumole Olakau’atu returns from suspension and Josh Aloiai is also listed to return on the bench.
After two one point wins, the Tigers mini revival came to an end last weekend with a 12-6 loss to the Dragons. They were in the match right until the final siren, and won’t prove easybeats for the Sea Eagles this afternoon.
Jackson Hastings has proved the difference over the past 3 weeks, marshalling his troops well and releasing the pressure valve on Luke Brooks.
Luciano Leilua and David Nofoaluma are both unavailable for selection, with their spots taken by Alex Seyfarth and Ken Maumolo. Stefano Utoikamanu and Tyrone Peachey both return from injury via the bench.
The Tigers have knocked off the Eels and the Rabbitohs and would be keen to add another large scalp to their list today.
But at Brookvale, and with Manly no doubt keen to make up for last week’s loss, I can’t see another upset in this one.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles by 14
1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Christian Tuipulotu 3. Ben Trbojevic 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Sean Keppie 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ethan Bullemor 16. Josh Aloiai 17. Toafofoa Sipley
1. Starford To’a 2. Asu Kepaoa 3. Oliver Gildart 4. Luke Garner 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Kelma Tuilagi 12. Alex Seyfarth 13. Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Alex Twal 16. Thomas Mikaele 17. Stefano Utoikamanu