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Rd 24 Preview: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels

Date: August 23rd, Sunday

Venue: Brookvale Oval

Kick-Off: 2:00pm (AEST)

Last Ten Meetings:

1. March 6th 2015, Parramatta Eels 42 – 12 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

2. August 22nd 2014, Parramatta Eels 22 – 12 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

3. March 23rd 2014, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 – 18 Parramatta Eels

4. August 3rd 2013, Parramatta Eels 6 – 40 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

5. July 8th 2013, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 50 – 10 Parramatta Eels

6. July 8th 2012, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40 – 24 Parramatta Eels

7. March 31st 2012, Parramatta Eels 29 – 20 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

8. August 13th 2011, Parramatta Eels 20 – 26 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

9. June 20th 2011, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 – 18 Parramatta Eels

10. May 17th 2010, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12 – 19 Parramatta Eels

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles: 1. Brett Stewart, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Jamie Lyon, 4. Steve Matai, 5. Peta Hiku, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Jake Trbojevic, 9. Matt Ballin, 10. Josh Starling, 11. Feleti Mateo, 12. Justin Horo, 13. Blake Leary Interchange: 14. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 15. Michael Chee-Kam, 16. James Hasson, 17. Ligi Sao, 18. Brenton Lawrence

Parramatta Eels: 1. Reece Robinson, 2. Semi Radradra, 3. William Hopoate, 4. Ryan Morgan, 5. Bureta Faraimo, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Luke Kelly, 8. Junior Paulo, 9. Isaac De Gois, 10. Tim Mannah, 11. Manu Ma’u, 12. Tepai Moeroa, 13. David Gower Interchange: 14. Pauli Pauli, 15. Darcy Lussick, 16. Peni Terepo, 17. Daniel Alvaro

Preview

On Sunday afternoon the Parramatta Eels will look to put a turbulent week behind themselves as they head to Brookvale Oval to take on the rampant Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. Taking out the likes of the Rabbitohs, Raiders, Broncos and Warriors since the news arose of Geoff Toovey’s sacking, the Sea Eagles have proved they’re one-hundred percent set on being the bolter when it comes to teams in this year’s finals.

Last week’s highly controversial win over the Raiders in Canberra has put the Sea Eagles just a win away from joining the top eight on the NRL ladder. The game was won within the last minutes, similar to how the Roosters came back from fourteen points behind the Eels to win last Saturday night. If this wasn’t humiliating enough for the Western Sydney-based club which has been ruled out of finals contention, hooker Nathan Peats’ neck injury sustained in the second-half last weekend has proved to be season-ending.

In some good news for the away side, winger Will Hopoate returns to the side replacing Vai Toutai. Winger Semi Radradra has been a major try-scoring force for the Eels this season down the left wing and was heavily relied on during last week’s game. In the first-half, Radradra scored twenty-second minute, utilising his brilliant acceleration. Whether he racks up the most points this weekend will be contested by Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart. A club favourite and ahead out of everyone in his club for this season’s try-scoring count, Stewart was the talking figure in last week’s clash with the Raiders after his winning try proved to be invalid after full-time.

Prediction

Sea Eagles by 12. The momentum they’ve racked up should pay off as they crack the top eight at Fortress Broovale.

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