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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
The 2022 NRL Indigenous Round kicks off at AAMI Park in Melbourne as Melbourne Storm host the Manly Sea Eagles for some Thursday Night footy. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7.50pm AEST.
After two consecutive abysmal performances in Queensland against Penrith Panthers and North Queensland Cowboys, the Storm will relish playing on their home turf in front of their passionate fans. For Melbourne fans, they will breathe a sigh of relief as halfback Jahrohme Hughes is named to start at halfback after missing the past two games due to a calf complaint.
Hughes will provide stability in the Storm attack which they sorely missed in his absence. His inclusion will also put the pressure off Cameron Munster to come up with a magical play every set. However, the Storm have conceded 68 points in their past two games, so don’t expect the Storm to come flying off the blocks and rather focus on keeping the Manly attacking players at bay.
Manly will be without the services of superstar Tom Trbojevic (most likely for the remainder of the season) as Reuben Garrick slots into fullback. Jorge Taufua has been named to play his first NRL game since 2020 and the veteran will want to entertain the crowd with his memorable big hits. The responsibility will fall on skipper and halfback Daly Cherry-Evans to step up and deliver or else Manly could fall like a house of cards and gift Melbourne a win by half time.
Both sides seem a bit lost on how they want to play over the past few weeks and injuries haven’t helped their causes recently. However, the Storm are still in a much healthier position than the Sea Eagles and rightfully start favourites. Winning at AAMI Park is no easy feat for an opposition team, with very few teams leaving Melbourne with a victory over the past decade or so. Unless Hughes is ruled out for the Storm on matchday, Melbourne should get back to winning ways comfortably.
Storm by 8.
1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King
Interchange – 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tyran Wishart 16. Trent Loiero 17. Alec MacDonald
1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange – 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Sean Keppie