Date: Sunday August 17
Venue: CBUS Super Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm

Teams

Titans: William Zillman, Kevin Gordon, James Roberts, Brad Takairangi, Anthony Don, Aidan Sezer, Daniel Mortimer, Luke Douglas, Beau Falloon, Luke Bailey, Mark Minichiello, Nate Myles, Greg Bird. Interchange: Matt White, Dave Taylor, Mark Ioane, Paul Carter

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

Preview

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles take on the Gold Coast Titans at CBUS Super Stadium this Sunday afternoon.

The Sea Eagles are striving to collect their first minor premiership title since 1997 and this will be the first of two long trips to Queensland they will have to contend with over the next four weeks.

Manly were shown up last week my a rampaging South Sydney side and the Titans played the Roosters in a game only a mother could love, I’m led to believe the Titans lost, but with no witnesses to testify we cannot be so sure.

Neil Henry took over as Titans coach this week after the departure of John Cartwright, the narrative generally is new coach = great performance but I’m not so sure here as the Titans have been deplorable over the second half of the season. Their 2 from 10 home record doesn’t instil any fear in to opposing teams and they’re also out of finals contention,  so their incentive to perform at a high level is disputable.

Manly haven’t put back-to-back losses together all season long. Souths towelled up the Broncos last night so the maroon and whites will have to win to maintain their place at the top of the ladder. The main concern for Manly is the health of Steve Matai, if he were to be ruled out Peta Hiku would probably shift to centre with Cheyse Blair or Clint Gutherson getting a call up. Manly’s NSW Cup team plays on Saturday afternoon so we should get an indication of what might happen by then.

Every Manly fan wants to see the Sea Eagles put on a score here against the hapless Titans but I think it could be a relatively low scoring game. The Sea Eagles defensive effort was questionable against Souths and Geoff Toovey will want the guys to get back on track in that regard.

Prediction

Sea Eagles 18 Titans 6

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