Date: Saturday September 6
Venue: 1300 Smile Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm (local)
North Queensland Cowboys: Michael Morgan, Kyle Feldt, Tautau Moga, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Robert Lui,
Johnathan Thurston, Matthew Scott, Rory Kostjasyn, Ashton Sims, Gavin Cooper, Tariq Sims, Jason Taumalolo, Ray Thompson, Scott Bolton, Glenn Hall, James Tamou
Manly Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, Peta Hiku, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Starling, Matt Ballin, Brenton Lawrence, Anthony Watmough, Justin Horo, Tom Symonds, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Dunamis Lui, James Hasson, Jason King
It’s the final round before the finals. Both teams have guaranteed spots into the final series. This match has high stakes none the less.
Manly have had a rough last few rounds, by losing to Parramatta and Souths and only just beating Penrith on Sunday. If Manly lose against The Cowboys, they will drop down to 2nd Place. With all the rumors and speculation that players wanting out and moving to other clubs, this game is very important to bring the club together before the start of the final series.
The Cowboys on the other hand, 2 out of there 3 last games were contested with 1 point. With the Cowboys beating the Sharks with a drop goal 2 minutes into golden point, they are definitely a threat to Manly and need to shut the key players down. The Cowboys need to win against Manly to boost them up into 4th place. If they lose they will drop to 7th putting them in tough position.
Manly have named a very strong side for this rounds crucial game. Matt Ballin is out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. Glenn Stewart has ended his time with the club with an ankle injury too, and will be joining south Sydney next season.
The Cowboys have named the same side as last round. Brent Tate has announced his retirement yesterday from NRL after his 4th ACL Tear during State of Origin Game II.
The last time these two teams met, Manly won 26-21 at Bluetounge Stadium.
Manly by 2.