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The NRL action continues this afternoon with the match between the Knights and Sea Eagles, coming to you from McDonald Jones Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 2:00 pm AEST.
It never easy for away teams at McDonald Jones Stadium, but Manly Warringah will be desperate to avoid three straight losses and risk sliding further away from the eight this afternoon.
The Newcastle Knights have endured their own flat spot in form but roared back to life last Saturday night with a 44-4 thrashing of a disappointing Tigers outfit.
Kalyn Ponga was back to his destructive best whilst Blake Green, in his first game for the club, took some of the pressure off Mitchell Pearce and contributed to the victory.
Daniel Saifiti returns to the Knights line up after overcoming a knee injury, with Jacob Saifiti starting from the bench. Star To’a, after having his COVID hold lifted, starts on the wing.
Des Hasler must have cracked a mirror. The injury-hit Sea Eagles lost 26-22 at Lottoland last round to the Warriors, with the scoreline flattering the Sea Eagles. With Tom Trbojevic still a few weeks away, the Sea Eagles’ season is in danger of slipping away before he returns.
To be fair to Manly, losing your starting props during the game doesn’t help, and the effort is there, even if the polish is not.
Manly do get some big ins, with Joel Thompson and Curtis Sironen both named to play. Brad Parker returns after a head knock, replacing Tevita Funa, whilst Marty Taupua is also expected to start after failing an HIA against the Warriors. Taniela Paseka will start in place of Addin Fonua-Blake after he succumbed to injury last weekend.
The Sea Eagles will be brave but the Knights returned to something like their best last weekend.
Adam O’Brien will be keen to see them produce the same again.
Newcastle Knights by 10.
Kick-off: 2pm (AEST)
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Starford To’a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Blake Green, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitchell Barnett
Bench/Reserves: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Josh King, 16. Herman Ese’ese, 17. Josh King, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Brodie Jones, 20. Chris Randall, 21. Mason Lino
1. Brendan Elliot, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Cade Cust, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Taniela Paseka, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench/Reserves: 14. Lachlan Croker, 15. Corey Waddell, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Haumole Olakau’atu, 18. Morgan Boyle, 19. Tevita Funa, 20. Abbas Miski, 21. Jack Gosiewski