2019 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles taking place? Friday 20th September, 10:50

Where is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles taking place? ANZ Stadium

What channel is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream South Sydney Rabbitohs 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 South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles?
South Sydney Rabbitohs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500005

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

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Doueihi, Johnston, Roberts, Gagai, Graham, Walker, Reynolds, T. Burgess, Cook, Knight, Sutton, S. Burgess, Murray – Interchanges: G. Burgess, Nicholls, Tatola, Lowe – Reserves: Su’A, Britt, Allan, Turner

Unavailable: Braidon Burns

  • South Sydney were outclassed by bitter rivals Sydney Roosters as they found themselves 26-0 down at half-time of their clash last week and despite an improved second half effort, the game was already beyond them.

  • Sam Burgess will return from suspension for the Rabbitohs whilst Dane Gagai is also expected to overcome a hamstring injury to line-up in the outside backs which will see Campbell Graham shift to the wing and Corey Allan drop out.

  • Burgess has been named in the back row and will look to give his side a lift on the edge rather than through the middle where he has featured for much of the year with Jaydn Su’A the man to make way.

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Des Hasler

Starting 13: Elliot, Taufua, Parker, Suli, Garrick, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Koroisau, Taupau, Waddell, Gosiewski, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Fainu, Olakau’atu, Keppie, Perrett – Reserves: Croker, Funa, Sipley, Williams

Unavailable: Albert Hopoate, Joel Thompson, Tom Trbojevic, Morgan Boyle, Curtis Sironen, Taniela Paseka

  • Manly produced a superb performance to maintain their hoodoo over Cronulla as their under-strength side progressed to the semi-finals and on the back of that performance, they will be confident of repeating last week’s feat.

  • Martin Taupau will provide a boost for the Manly pack but Des Hasler after serving a ban but the injury list remains lengthy with the likes of Joel Thompson, Tom Trbojevic and Curtis Sironen remaining on the sidelines.

  • Taupau comes straight back in to the run-on side with Sean Keppie losing his spot in the starting XIII but after a brilliant performance last week, he has been retained on the bench with Toafofoa Sipley the man to miss out.

THE PREDICTION

The margin of victory has been one point either way in the two meetings between South Sydney and Manly this season and this should be another intense battle. Souths will need a big response to last week's effort and Manly will be game again following a great display last week which should make this a brilliant contest. Either side can come out on top but Souths may find it too much of a task to overturn last week’s effort and the Sea Eagles could claim another surprise victory.

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