Written by Christopher Tearse
Sunday, July 5, 4.05 PM, Round 8, Lottoland, Manly Sea Eagles take on Newcastle Knights NRL Match Preview
Manly, possibly a bit puzzled after losing Turbo Tom and Dylan Walker for last rounds encounter with the Sharks, found themselves beaten convincingly. This week the aftermath doesn’t get any easier as they take on the Knights at home who also took a thumping last week at the hands of the Cowboys but showed great character till the death to make the end score seem a little a closer. This shapes to be an intense clash with both teams needing the two points to climb the ladder.
The Manly Sea Eagles
1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Tevita Funa 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic
Reserves: 14. Cade Cust 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Abbas Miski 21. Haumole Olakau’atu
Coach: Des Hasler
The Newcastle Knights
|Bradman Best||Gehamat Shibasaki|
|Brodie Jones||Tim Glasby|
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Herman Ese’ese
Reserves: 14. Tex Hoy 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Aidan Guerra 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Tautau Moga 19. Brodie Jones 20. Phoenix Crossland 21. Josh King
Coach: Adam O’Brien
The last time these two teams met the Sea Eagles at home they smashed the Knights 30-6. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 32 matches played between the Sea Eagles and the Knights favour the Sea Eagles winning 18, all other general statistics favour the Knights. One thing to consider for Manly is that when playing at home, from the last ten games they have played the Knights, they have won 80% of the head to heads.
Manly Sea Eagles for the win.