Manly’s season began in heart-breaking circumstances as they were defeated late on in golden point against Newcastle last week with Mitchell Pearce’s drop goal sealing a 19-18 win.
Trent Barrett has made several changes with Matthew Wright dropping to the reserves for Brad Parker. Jackson Hastings and Lloyd Perrett also replace Frank Winterstein and Lewis Brown on the interchange bench.
Manly made 17 errors last week which ultimately played a part in their defeat. Their completion rate was only 67% as a result, completing just 29 sets out of 43, and they will have to work on reducing their errors if they are to get their first win of the season here.
Parramatta blew a 0-14 lead at Penrith last week, conceding 24 unanswered points to go down 24-14 in a disappointing opening to their season. The Eels fell away after their strong start and didn’t score a point beyond the 26th minute.
Brad Arthur has kept faith named the same 17 as last week but may opt for a couple of late changes with Kenny Edwards the most likely to be given a chance.
The Eels missed 41 tackles against the Panthers and must reduce that number this week if they are to earn their first win of the season.
Manly face Parramatta with both teams looking for their first win after disappointing opening round losses. Manly fell to defeat at Newcastle with a golden point defeat difficult to stomach for the Sea Eagles whilst Parramatta blew a good start against Penrith. Both teams will feel they should have done better last week and will look to put things right in this encounter. Either side can win this but the Eels might just edge it.