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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Round 11 of the NRL Premiership continues tonight when the Parramatta Eels host the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Commbank Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7.55pm AEST.
Magic Round wasn’t so magical for either of these sides, with both of them missing out on a chance to entrench themselves in the top 8. For the Sea Eagles, with Origin around the corner and Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic almost certainly called up, their situation is starting to look critical.
The Eels threatened a second half comeback against the Roosters last Sunday afternoon but the tri colours steadied for a 31-24 win.
As many feared, Parramatta looked flat after their win the previous week against the defending premiers. By the time they got their head in the Roosters game, it was too late. Fans will be expecting a much better effort tonight.
Brad Arthur has made a few changes with Marata Niukore returning from injury and pushing Bryce Cartwright out of the 17. Ryan Matterson starts at lock, with Nathan Brown going to the bench. Maika Sivo has been named in the reserves after recovering from his ACL injury.
If Parramatta was flat last weekend, the Sea Eagles were awful. Adam Reynolds put on a clinic and the Broncos underlined their premiership credentials with a 38-0 flogging.
Fault lies squarely with the Manly pack, who got completely outplayed by their Brisbane opponents, They now take on arguably the best pack in the competition and need a complete form reversal.
For the Sea Eagles, Ben Trbojevic is out with a shoulder injury and is replaced by Morgan Harper. Andrew Davey gets a start in the pack with Josh Schuster back from injury on the bench and Ethan Bullemor out of the side. Tom Trbojevic has been named despite obvious issues with his knee.
Manly vs Parra clashes tend to bring the best out in both of these teams.
The 5 day turnaround is a concern for the Eels. However, at their best, the Eels should edge the Sea Eagles at the moment.
I think Parramatta will return to the winner’s circle.
Eels by 10
1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Hayze Perham 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 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. Marata Niukore 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Nathan Brown
1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Christian Tuipulotu 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Sean Keppie 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau 17. Toafofoa Sipley