2018 NRL – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 22nd July, 07:10 (UK)

Where? Lottoland

What channel is it on? UK - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Nine Network, 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://www.ticketmaster.com.au/manly-warringah-sea-eagles-v-sydney-brookvale-new-south-wales-22-07-2018/event/13005386C3FBB7F1?artistid=1297216&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=695

THE LOWDOWN

SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Trent Barrett

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

Unavailable: Curtis Sironen, Lachlan Croker, Jake Gosiewski, Api Koroisau, Akuila Uate, Dylan Walker

  • Manly couldn’t hold on against Melbourne last week despite the Storm missing their Origin players. The Sea Eagles were 12-0 ahead but allowed the Storm to work their way back into the game with Manly failing to post a point in the second half as they were edged out 13-14.

  • Dylan Walker is again missing despite being named in last week’s initial team. He has a knee injury and is deputised by Tom Wright in the halves with the Sea Eagles going with the same 17 as last week.

  • Manly have now lost five of their last six games with their shock win over Penrith looking like a one off with another tough test to face here.

ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Mitchell, Manu, Ferguson, Keary, Cronk, Waerea-Hargreaves, Friend, Taukeiaho, Cordner, Radley, Liu – Interchanges: Matterson, Tetevano, Baptiste, Butcher – Reserves: Collins, Ikuvalu

Unavailable: Dylan Napa, Mitchell Aubusson

  • An under-strength Sydney Roosters side came away from Gold Coast with an important win as they continue to keep their rivals ahead of them in check. The Roosters always looked the better side and were deserving winners 12-20 although the score didn’t reflect their control.

  • After a raft of late changes last week, the Roosters are almost back to full-strength. James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell, Cooper Cronk, Boyd Cordner and Victor Radley all return in place of Sean O’Sullivan, Lindsay Collins, Poasa Faamausili, Matthew Ikuavlu and Paul Momirovski.

  • Last week’s win was the Roosters’ fifth win from their last six games whilst they also improved their record away from home this season to 5-3.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters have struggled for genuine consistency this season but could go to within two points of the top of the NRL ladder with a win over lowly Manly here. The Sea Eagles couldn’t capitalise on facing an under-strength Storm side last week with Manly still in danger of claiming the wooden spoon. The Sea Eagles go into this contest just two points ahead of the bottom-placed Eels with another turbulent season ending in disappointment for Manly. The Roosters on the other hand have finals football on their minds and will believe they can still claim the minor Premiership. A win here would leave them two points off top spot and they can do just that.