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NRL PREVIEW | ROUND 6 | Manly Sea Eagles vs Wests Tigers

To close out round six, Manly Sea Eagles will host Wests Tigers at Lottoland on Sunday afternoon.

 

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Manly Sea Eagles

Manly Sea Eagles have won two games from five this season, with both victories at their home ground of Lottoland. Last Sunday afternoon, they played the Gold Coast Titans and lost by twelve. They were without fullback Tom Trbojevic who was left out due to an ankle injury. Manly will be looking for their third win of the year coming up against the Tigers who have lost just one game. They currently sit in tenth position on the ladder and will be aiming to climb into the top eight.

Wests Tigers

The Tigers have had an impressive start to the season losing just one game in a low scoring golden point affair against the Brisbane Broncos. Against Manly, they will be going for three in a row on Sunday afternoon, hoping to maintain their position in the competition’s top four. Last weekend they visited Mt Smart Stadium and defeated the Melbourne Storm for the second time this season.

 

SQUAD NEWS

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Manly Sea Eagles

Tom Trbojevic is returning to the fullback role after being left out due to an ankle injury. Jack Gosiewski in the starting side, replacing Frank Winterstein who is now on the interchange bench. The side is otherwise unchanged.

Wests Tigers

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David Nofoaluma returns to the starting side, and Corey Thompson has moved in the fullback position. Russell Packer and Pita Godinet are replaced in the starting side by Alex Twal and Jacob Liddle. Josh Reynolds will finally make his debut for the club after being unavailable in the first five rounds due to a hamstring injury. Head coach Ivan Cleary has included him on the interchange bench and is expected to make his Tigers debut on Sunday.

 

PREVIEW

To close out round six of the competition, the Manly Sea Eagles will host the Wests Tigers at Lottoland on Sunday afternoon. Manly are desperate for their third win of the season, and the Tigers are looking for their third consecutive win.

Manly have only been successful at home this year, winning against the Eels and the Raiders at Lottoland. This home ground advantage could potentially give the Sea Eagles an advantage over the visiting Tigers.

The visiting Tigers have won all but one of their matches by very close margins and will put on a powerful performance against Manly, hoping to keep up their strong start to this season. The side will be welcoming Josh Reynolds, with Cleary adding him to the interchange bench, being named to play for the first time this season.

Both sides have plenty to work on and prove, and it should be an entertaining match at Lottoland on Sunday afternoon when these sides take to the field in the final game of the round.

 

THE KEY STAT

The history of these clubs is quite even. Over the last few years, the Sea Eagles and the Tigers have met ten times. Manly have won six of those matches, the Tigers four.

 

SQUADS

Manly Sea Eagles

Tom Trbojevic, Brad Parker, Dylan Walker, Brian Kelly, Akuila Uate, Lachlan Croker, Daly Cherry-Evans, Addin Fonua-Blake, Apisai Koroisau, Martin Taupau,  Joel Thompson, Jack Gosiewski, Jake Trbojevic INTERCHANGE: Jackson Hastings, Shaun Lane, Lloyd Perrett, Frank Winterstein

Wests Tigers

Corey Thompson, David Nofoaluma, Esan Marsters, Kevin Naiqama, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Benji Marshall, Luke Brooks, Alex Twal, Jacob Liddle, Ben Matulino, Chris Lawrence, Robbie Rochow, Matthew Eisenhuth INTERCHANGE Josh Reynolds, Josh Aloiai, Michael Chee-Kam

 

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Sunday, April 15

Venue: Lottoland

Time: 4:10 PM

WHO WILL WIN?

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