Josh Mercer previews the Easter Saturday clash between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Gold Coast Titans.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs Gold Coast Titans
Venue: 4 Pines Park
Date: Saturday, April 16, 5:30pm AEST
MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS
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Sea Eagles: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Ethan Bullemor 19. Ben Trbojevic 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Jorge Taufua 22. Kurt De Luis 23. Kaeo Weekes 24. James Roumanos
Tolutau Koula comes into the centres for Morgan Harper in the Sea Eagles’ only change.Embed from Getty Images
Titans: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Greg Marzhew 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Will Smith 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Jarrod Wallace 18. Paul Turner 19. Kevin Proctor 20. Herman Ese’ese 21. Sam McIntyre 22. Corey Thompson 23. Tanah Boyd 24. Sosefo Fifita
Brian Kelly comes into the side, and Phillip Sami moves to the wing. Cory Thompson drops out of the side.
Referee: Todd Smith
The Sea Eagles made it three wins in a row, defeating the Knights, and they did it without Tommy Turbo. A couple of times it looked like the Knights might get back into the game but Daly Cherry-Evans proved to be in deft touch, especially with his kicking. Reuben Garrick proved to be a suitable replacement at fullback, having a good game.
The Titans went down by six points to the Eels last week. They came close to beating the Eels for a second time this season; however, they couldn’t get the job done, while the game will mostly be remembered for that ‘tackle’.
Both teams need this win. The Titans probably need the win a little bit more so they don’t slip down any further, while it is only early in the season it will still help them in the long run. While he has his moments (like his try last week), David Fifita needs to start stepping up for the Titans and justifying his price tag.
A win for Manly will keep their momentum going, especially after the way they started the season. Winning without Turbo has been a problem in past but they can do it, and if Cherry-Evans is on song like he was last week it might be a long night for the Titans.Embed from Getty Images
The Titans have scored more points this season than the Sea Eagles (98 to 86), but they have also conceded more (108 to 78).
Sea Eagles by 16.
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