Manly Sea Eagles will host the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Brookvale Oval on Thursday night. Manly are coming off two wins in a row whilst Rabbitohs have lost their last two games. Rabbitohs are 7th on the ladder whilst Manly are lower down at 11th. Manly will be determined to continue their winning streak and have a comfortable win in front of a home crowd.
LAST TIME OUT
The Manly Sea Eagles beat the Roosters at Allianz Stadium last Saturday night, 22-20. Both Manly and the Roosters scored controversy tries and could’ve gone either way. Manly were in front whilst Roosters had possession in the last minute and were good enough to hold on and defend their line. Forward Jamie Buhrer came off in the first couple of minutes with a broken thumb and halfback Daly Cherry Evans (DCE) hobbled off the field with assistance of the trainers with a lower leg/ ankle injury. Manly’s forwards were very impressive and they displayed good cohesion between the group.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are coming off a thrashing by the Canterbury Bulldogs last Friday, as they lost 42-12. Missing key player Sam Burgess they were poor in defence and could not stop the incredible efforts of Moses Mbye and Curtis aroma (Bulldogs). They will have a positive lift with the return of Sam Burgess and will be looking to redeem themselves.
It will be the battle of the fullbacks on Thursday night. Manly have been lucky enough to have Brett Stewart return from injury and Rabbitohs have QLD fullback Greg Inglis set to play for them. Both in great form, fast footwork and good tactics from the back it will be evident with the team leading the fullbacks contribution to shine. Both fullbacks like to take on a leadership role and will be assisting the team win. Brett Stewart will be in the comfort of his ‘backyard’, which could be the only factor to get the Sea Eagles over the line.
Manly will suffer without halfback DCE but will have the advantage of being at home. The return of Sam Burgess will make the Rabbitohs a strong side. Manly Sea Eagles by 4.
Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Jamie Lyon, 4 Steve Matai, 5 Tom Trbojevic, 6 Dylan Walker, 7 Apisai Koroisau, 8 Nate Myles, 9 Matt Parcell, 10 Brenton Lawrence, 11 Martin Taupau, 12 Feleti Mateo, 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Josh Starling, 16 Darcy Lussick, 17 Siosia Vave, 18 Blake Leary, 21 Luke Burgess
Coach: Trent Barrett
Rabbitohs: 1 Greg Inglis, 2 Kirisome Auva’a, 3 Bryson Goodwin, 4 Hymel Hunt, 5 Aaron Gray, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Luke Keary, 8 George Burgess, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Samuel Burgess, 11 Christopher Grevsmuhl, 12 Kyle Turner, 13 Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14 Damien Cook, 15 Jason Clark, 16 David Tyrrell, 17 Thomas Burgess, 18 Paul Carter, 19 Michael Oldfield
Coach: Michael Maguire