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08 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 NRL – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 09th June, 06:00 (UK)

Where? AMI Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANLYWAR18&v=CNA

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Trent Barrett

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Taufua, Parker, Kelly, Uate, Hodkinson, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Koroisau, Taupau, Thompson, Lane, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: M. Wright, Sipley, Winterstein, Paseka – Reserves: T. Wright, Perrett

Unavailable: Curtis Sironen, Kelepi Tanginoa, Lachlan Croker, Dylan Walker, Jake Gosiewski, Moses Suli

  • Manly were unable to cope with the loss of the Trbojevic brothers as they fell to a poor defeat at home to North Queensland. The Cowboys were the better team for the majority of the game with the Sea Eagles to apply any sustained pressure as they fell to a 12-26 defeat.

  • Tom and Jake have both been named to back-up after Origin with their inclusion vital for the Sea Eagles. Brad Parker comes into the starting line-up in place of the injured Moses Suli whilst Matt Wright drops to the bench. Jack Gosiewski is out after breaking his arm last week whilst he also picked up a ban.

  • Manly have made the most post-contact metres in the NRL (6,242) but last week they made less than their opposition with them also making over 300m less from all runs than the Cowboys.

WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Hiku, Fusitu’a, Beale, Kata, Maumalo, Green, Johnson, Gavet, Luke, Paasi, Papali’i, Harris, Blair – Interchanges: Lawton, Satae, Afoa, Mannering – Reserves: Lino, Lisone

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache, Leivaha Pulu, Jazz Tevaga, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

  • New Zealand Warriors were soundly beaten at home by South Sydney before their bye last week. The Warriors took an early lead but allowed the Rabbitohs to score 30 unanswered points as they fell to a 10-30 defeat.

  • Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is a late withdrawal with Peta Hiku switching to fullback and Gerard Beale coming into the centres.

  • The Warriors saw more of the ball against the Rabbitohs but couldn’t make it count. They made nine errors whilst also not making enough metres with ball-in-hand. They made 9.06m a carry on average but allowed the Rabbitohs to make an average of 9.87m a carry.

THE PREDICTION

The Sea Eagles and Warriors have both found consistency difficult to come by recently. Manly have lost four of their last six whilst the Warriors are 3-3 over their last six games. Luckily for the Warriors, their strong start to the season has allowed them a few slip-ups with them retaining their place in the top 4. Manly on the other hand are languishing just four points above bottom-placed Parramatta. The Sea Eagles generally struggle when Tom Trbojevic doesn’t play with him being the key man at fullback as his loss was felt greatly last week. After a brilliant Origin debut for New South Wales this week, he returns to the side but it may not be enough to turn around last week’s poor display with the Warriors keen to utilise the break they had during the bye week.