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

THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles taking place? Sunday 25th August, 07:05

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

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

Where can I stream Canberra Raiders vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles?
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 Canberra Raiders vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles?
Canberra Raiders – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500013

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500002

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

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

Unavailable: Luke Bateman, Joe Tapine

  • Canberra secured a superb victory as they overcame top of the ladder Melbourne last week to solidify their top 4 chances with the Raiders hitting back from an 18-0 deficit to claim an unlikely but fantastic win.

  • Forward Joe Tapine avoided a ban following a flashpoint against Melbourne but the Canberra man did pick up a rib injury and that has ruled him out of this week’s contest with Hudson Young named in his place.

  • Ryan Sutton moves into the run-on side at lock with Young starting from the bench with head coach Ricky Stuart not needing to make any other changes to his side following their brilliant effort last week.

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Des Hasler

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Taufua, Elliot, Suli, Garrick, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Koroisau, Taupau, Thompson, Gosiewski, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Fainu, Waddell, Boyle, Paseka – Reserves: Croker, Funa

Unavailable: Albert Hopoate, Toafofoa Sipley, Brad Parker, Curtis Sironen

  • Manly got back to winning ways following their shock loss in New Zealand as they defeated Wests Tigers to end Round 22 in the top 4 but will start this game in fifth after South Sydney leapfrogged them with their win over Brisbane.

  • Curtis Sironen was hoping to be fit enough to return to the back row for the Sea Eagles but he has been unable to prove his fitness and will have to sit on the sidelines for at least one more week.

  • That means that head coach Des Hasler has made no changes to last week’s winning side and the same 17 will run out against the Raiders for this important game unless there are any late fitness issues.

THE PREDICTION

These two teams ended Round 22 inside the top 4 and will hope to end the season in those positions. Canberra were brilliant come-from-behind winners over Melbourne whilst Manly were too good for Wests. This game could go either way and should be a thriller but the home side can edge it. They have been difficult to beat all year and on the back of last week’s superb win, they can kick-on to really demonstrate their premiership credentials.

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