2018 NRL – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 31st March, 09:35 (UK)

Where? Lottoland

What channel is it on? UK - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders will not be televised live Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

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

Are tickets still available? https://www.seaeagles.com.au/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Trent Barrett

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, M. Wright, Parker, Kelly, Uate, Croker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Koroisau, Taupau, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Hastings, Lane, Perrett, Tanginoa – Reserves: Brown, T. Wright, Winterstein, Gosiewski

Unavailable: Dylan Walker, Johnathan Wright, Jorge Taufua

  • After their demolition of Parramatta in their previous game, Manly were brought crashing back to earth as they fell to a heavy defeat against South Sydney. The Sea Eagles were poor and allowed seven tries in a 34-6 loss.
  • Jorge Taufua is set for a couple of months out with a broken collarbone. The winger is replaced by Matthew Wright in the only change for Manly.
  • Manly allowed too many metres last week and was one of the big contributing factors behind their defeat. South Sydney amassed 2,006 running metres with Manly only able to achieve 1,387 with their middle-men needing to show an improvement this week.

RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Wighton, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Rapana, Sezer, Williams, Soliola, Havili, Boyd, Papalii, Whitehead, Bateman – Interchanges: Hingano, Paulo, Lui, Tapine – Reserves: Knight, Austin, Oldfield, Murchie

Unavailable: Josh Hodgson, Charlie Gubb

  • Canberra’s poor start to the season continued as they remained winless after a loss to the New Zealand Warriors. Despite leading by seven points with just four minutes left, the Raiders contrived to allow the Warriors to snatch a late win as they went down 19-20.
  • Blake Austin has paid the price for a poor start to the season with him dropping out of the 17. Liam Knight is also dropped with the pair replaced by the fit-again Joseph Tapine and Ata Hingano.
  • Canberra made 45 tackle breaks last week, almost double than the Warriors made against them (23). The Raiders need to make the most of the ball when busting tackles with them only producing nine offloads.

THE PREDICTION

Manly and Canberra will both be looking for an improvement this week after disappointing defeats in differing circumstances. Manly looked like a different team to the one that had hammered Parramatta the previous week as they went down to a big defeat against South Sydney. Canberra on the other hand had to deal with late heartbreak which resulted in their third defeat of the season. Blake Austin is a high-profile omission for the Raiders this week as Ricky Stuart searches for a first win of the season but Manly might be difficult to beat at home and they should respond following last week’s disappointing performance.