Preview: Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos

In the last part Super Saturday fixture, the Manly Sea Eagles will play the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium as a fixture in the double header at Suncorp, with Melbourne and the Gold Coast also playing off as the second game on Saturday evening.

Last Time Out

The Manly Sea Eagles had a field day last round when they played Friday night at Allianz Stadium, and completely outplayed the South Sydney Rabbitohs, winning by 38 points. Brenton Lawrence opened up the scoring for the side, just minutes after Adam Reynolds slotted a penalty goal for his side. They were the dominant team by far, putting on a really strong performance, completely outclassing the Rabbitohs. The possession was skewed, and the Sea Eagles finished with a 78% completion rate, making eleven errors as opposed to the Rabbitohs’ fifteen. The attacking statistics were heavily in favour of the Sea Eagles, showing the commitment of the side to prove themselves worthy. They conceded two more penalties than their opposition, however that never seemed to be a worry for them. Manly are a strong side, and displayed that last round scoring nine tries, and will be looking to continue this run when they face off against Brisbane in the clash on Saturday night.

The Brisbane Broncos managed to defeat a disoriented Penrith Panthers pack, who struggled in the opening half, however managed to make a semi-comeback against the home side. The Broncos held a strong completion rate, making only six errors as opposed to the Panthers’ seventeen. They gave away more penalties, however again this seemed to have very minimal if any impact on their overall performance. They scored six tries, and missed only two conversions. The Broncos let the Panthers back into the game during the second half, which was a sign of fatigue from the home side. They won by only eighteen points, after giving the Panthers plenty of opportunities it could have been a different story, however the dominance in the first half was ultimately what won the match for the Broncos. They will be looking for their fifth consecutive win when they are hosted by the Sea Eagles.

Key Battle

Fullbacks Darius Boyd and Tom Trbojevic will be essential to the their side as they look for victories at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. Both fullbacks have had great seasons so far, and will be hoping to continue their success during this match. The dominant partners in the halves, Cherry-Evans and Milford will also be instrumental in their lineup. The forward packs will also make a huge difference in the defence of both the Sea Eagles and the Broncos. It will be an interesting match up, and could definitely go either way.

Prediction

It’s at the Broncos’ home ground, however is considered a Manly home game, which will make it an interesting atmosphere. Both sides are putting together dominant performances, and will continue to do so, if they play the way that they have been. Despite James Roberts being out for the Broncos, I think Bennett’s Brisbane side will just have the edge. Brisbane by 6.

Squads

Manly Sea Eagles

1 Tom Trbojevic 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Dylan Walker 4 Brian Kelly 5 Akuila Uate 6 Blake Green 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8 Brenton Lawrence 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Martin Taupau 11 Frank Winterstein 12 Curtis Sironen 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange 14 Lewis Brown 15 Nate Myles 16 Jackson Hastings 17 Addin Fonua-Blake 18 Jarrad Kennedy 19 Matthew Wright 20 Cameron Cullen 21 Shaun Lane

Brisbane Broncos

1 Darius Boyd (c) 2 Corey Oates 3 Jordan Kahu 4 Tautau Moga 5 David Mead 6 Anthony Milford 7 Kodi Nikorima 8 Korbin Sims 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Adam Blair 11 Sam Thaiday 12 Matt Gillett 13 Josh McGuire Interchange 14 Alex Glenn 15 Joe Ofahengaue 16 Herman Ese’ese 17 George Fai 18 James Roberts 19 Jaydn Su’A 20 Joe Boyce 21 Jonus Pearson