2018 NRL – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 12th May, 10:35 (UK)

Where? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Trent Barrett

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, M. Wright, Suli, Kelly, Uate, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Koroisau, Taupau, Thompson, Lane, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Brown, Winterstein, Perrett, Paseka – Reserves: T. Wright, Hastings, Funa, Sipley

Unavailable: Jorge Taufua, Curtis Sironen, Kelepi Tanginoa, Brad Parker, Lachlan Croker, Jake Gosiewski

  • Manly failed take their chances against Sydney Roosters last week as they lost for the fifth consecutive game. The Sea Eagles were sloppy in possession and despite having more of the ball, couldn’t get their noses back in front after taking an early lead as they went down 22-20.
  • Trent Barrett has named the same 17 from last week’s defeat as he looks for some consistency from his side.
  • The Sea Eagles made 13 errors last week, taking their tally for the season to 108 which is the third highest in the NRL. They are getting chances with the ball but not taking them and will need to fix this up soon if they are to keep in touch for finals football.

BRONCOS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Boyd, Oates, Roberts, Bird, Isaako, Milford, Nikorima, Lodge, McCullough, Thaiday, Glenn, Su’A, Pangai Jnr – Interchanges: Haas, Ofahengaue, Sims, Opacic – Reserves: Tagataese, Murphy, Pearson, Mogo

Unavailable: Andre Savelio, Jordan Kahu, Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire

  • Brisbane secured a narrow win after a late fightback against Canterbury last week. After levelling the game through Joe Ofahengaue’s converted 74th minute try, Jamayne Isaako kicked a penalty on the hooter to give earn his side a 22-20 win.
  • Jack Bird has reverted to centre after a run of games in the halves. Kodi Nikorima has done enough to be promoted from the bench to take Bird’s place with Tom Opacic dropping to the bench.
  • Brisbane aren’t playing well at the minute and struggled again last week despite the win. They conceded fewer penalties, made less errors, missed fewer tackles, had more possession and completed at a higher rate than the Bulldogs but the Broncos just couldn’t see them off and were fortunate to claim the two points.

THE PREDICTION

The second game at Suncorp for the Indigenous double-header sees Manly face Brisbane. Both teams were involved in games that were decided by two-point margins last week with Manly suffering defeat but Brisbane getting the win as both games ended 22-20. The Sea Eagles have struggled for form for most of the season but are now in the midst of a five-game losing run. The Broncos have also been inconsistent and have failed to string several wins together but having won last week, they can add to that here.