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NRL match preview: Manly Sea Eagles vs Wests Tigers

Date: Friday July 11
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Teams

Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, Peta Hiku, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Starling, Matt Ballin, Brenton Lawrence, Jamie Buhrer, Justin Horo, Dunamis Lui. Interchange: Jesse Sene-Lefao, James Hasson, Tom Symonds, Jason King

Tigers: Mitchell Moses, David Nofoaluma, Keith Lulia, Chris Lawrence, Pat Richards, Blake Austin, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (c), Keith Galloway, Curtis Sironen, Dene Halatau, Adam Blair. Interchange: Matthew Lodge, Martin Taupau, Ava Seumanufagai, James Gavet 

Preview

Wests Tigers welcome back Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods for their important clash with Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.  The New South Wales Origin duo will be looking to lift their side after a less than impressive performance against Penrith Panthers last Sunday.  Chris Lawrence and Pat Richards will need to lift their games immensely against Jorge Taufua and Jamie Lyon if the Tigers are to have any chance of repeating their 34-18 win against the Sea Eagles in round four.  With the future of Braith Anasta in doubt, ex Panther Blake Austin slot into five-eighth to partner Luke Brooks.

Manly were upstaged by Canterbury last Friday night and will hope the reuturn of Daly Cherry-Evans gives them the advantage.  Cherry-Evans gave Queensland the momentum on Wednesday night as they won the final Origin game.  Taufua and James Hasson return to the top grade at the expense of Clint Gutherson and Jayden Hodges.  It will be interesting to see how the Eagles perform after David Williams was banned for the remainder of the season after being found to be gambling on matches.

Prediction

Manly are always a tougher team at home and I would expect the Tigers will struggle to stay in the game.  Manly for me will take home the two points.

Editor of nothingbutleague since site inception in 2013. Massive Penrith Panthers fan (Member 13120). Email: mattpnbl@outlook.com

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