Written by Christopher Tearse
Sunday, May 31, 6.30 PM, Round 3 Central Coast Stadium, Manly Sea Eagles take on Canterbury Bulldogs NRL Match Preview
A fight for 2 rugby league points, Manly Sea Eagles want them, Canterbury Bulldogs need them to kick off the season with a win, Manly started the season with a loss against the Storm leaking 14 points, they then played the Roosters the following week and pulled off the upset showing plenty of character for this season, The Canterbury Bulldogs have started this season slow though showing some signs of improved defence and competitive spirit.
The Manly Sea Eagles
1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 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. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Jack Gosiewski 20. Tevita Funa 21. Brendan Elliot
Coach: Des Hasler
The Canterbury Bulldogs
1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Will Hopoate 5. Christian Crichton 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Jack Cogger 8. Sauaso Sue 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Dean Britt 13. Adam Elliott Reserves: 14. Jake Averillo 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Ofahiki Ogden 19. Kerrod Holland 20. Aiden Tolman 21. Sione Katoa 22. Brandon Wakeham
Coach: Dean Pay
The last time these two teams met the Manly Sea Eagles at home beat the Canterbury Bulldogs 18-10, previously, in earlier years the Bulldogs have had the edge on Manly winning 70% of the meetings looking at the last ten games played between them, obviously Des Hasler was Canterburys coach during the majority of those meetings, I think that tells what could be the story for this game.
Manly Sea Eagles for the win.