2020 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? Sunday 21st June, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles? 16c, partly cloudy

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Rapana, Croker, Scott, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Soliola, Tapine, Whitehead, Horsburgh – Interchanges: Havili, Guler, Sutton, Young – Reserves: Simonsson, Starling

Unavailable: John Bateman (Injured), Sebastian Kris (Illness)

  • Canberra Raiders looked like they would suffer a second consecutive loss in the NRL as they went into the break trailing Wests Tigers last week but they were able to respond in the second half to come out on top and get back to winning ways.
  • The Raiders were far from their best once again with the hangover from their loss to Newcastle Knights in their previous match still evident in a lacklustre first half but they forced Wests to make nearly 100 tackles more than them with that eventually telling.
  • With 10 errors last week, Ricky Stuart’s side will want to reduce that number in this tricky contest with Manly where they will be boosted by the return of lock Corey Horsburgh from illness while Hudson Young makes his long-awaited return from suspension.

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Funa, Parker, Elliot, Garrick, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Levi, Paseka, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Croker, Gosiewski, Keppie, Boyle – Reserves: Miski, Olakau’atu

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Disciplinary), Albert Hopoate (Injured), Jorge Taufua (Injured), Moses Suli (Injured), Martin Taupau (Injured), Corey Waddell (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles fought back from 0-18 down against Brisbane Broncos as they scored 20 unanswered points to snatch the victory last week but they will have to improve on that effort if they are to make it back-to-back wins.
  • The Sea Eagles notched just before the break to get back into the contest and were able to build on that as they enjoyed 12 more sets than the Broncos with the weight of possession eventually proving too much for their opponents.
  • Manly now face a difficult test against Canberra Raiders and must overcome a trio of injury issues with Martin Taupau, Moses Suli and Corey Waddell all ruled out from the side that featured last week but they do get Curtis Sironen back.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra Raiders were underwhelming in their win over Wests Tigers last week and must improve here but the same can be said for their opponents. Manly Sea Eagles had to fight back from an 18-point deficit after a poor start and they cannot afford a similar opening to this contest. Both teams showed glimpses of their quality with the ball last week but need to find greater consistency and Manly’s injury issues may prove to be problematic with Canberra able to come out on top in a low-scoring contest.

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