2019 NRL – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Sunday 28th April, 05:00

Where is Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Lottoland

What channel is Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders?
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500002

Canberra Raiders – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500013

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Des Hasler

Starting 13: Elliot, Taufua, Suli, Parker, Garrick, Elgey, Cherry-Evans, Sipley, Koroisau, Taupau, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Fainu, Gosiewski, Waddell, Boyle – Reserves: Tanginoa, Croker

Unavailable: Albert Hopoate, Dylan Walker, Tom Trbojevic, Addin Fonua-Blake

  • Manly were left to rue a controversial call as St George scored a late try to edge them in a closely-fought contest last week as their three-match winning run came to a disappointing end.

  • The Sea Eagles have named the same 17 as last week with Des Hasler seeing no reason to make any changes following another solid performance and will be hoping his side can bounce straight back here.

  • Manly’s defence has been a strong point for them this season with the Sea Eagles missing 25.7 tackles on average per game which ranks them in the top five in the NRL whilst they have conceded 16.7 points per game which also places them in the top five.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Rapana, Wighton, Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Lui, J. Bateman, Whitehead, Sutton – Interchanges: Havili, Guler, Soliola, Murchie – Reserves: Simonsson, Young

Unavailable: Michael Oldfield, Joe Tapine

  • Canberra made it five wins for the season as their impressive start continued with the Raiders proving too good for the Broncos and now face a test of their credentials with a tricky road trip to Manly.

  • The Raiders have switched things up on their bench with Emre Guler and Jack Murchie named in place of KK Collins and Hudson Young whilst in-form fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is expected to shake off a knee injury that he suffered last week.

  • Canberra have enjoyed the most possession per game so far this season with an average of 53.5% which shows that the Raiders are taking advantage of more ball than their opponents but it will be interesting to see how they perform if they see less of it.

THE PREDICTION

This should be a quality contest between two teams that have started the season well but will provide a good indication of where Canberra are. They have been very good so far but a tricky test on the road lies in wait here but they can come out of it on top and should be backed for the win. Manly sit at 3-3 but will feel they should have been 4-2 after a controversial loss last week. They will prove to be a tough opponent again this week but it’s the Raiders that can claim the win.