2020 NRL – Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Friday 7th August, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Lottoland, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors? 13c, rain

What channel is Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors 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 Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors? 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 Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: Elliot, Taufua, Funa, Suli, Garrick, Cust, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Levi, Taupau, Waddell, Olakau'atu, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Croker, Keppie, Paseka, Boyle – Reserves: Hopoate, Sipley

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Disciplinary), Tom Trbojevic (Injured), Dylan Walker (Injured), Brad Parker (Injured) Curtis Sironen (Injured), Joel Thompson (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles were blown away by Penrith Panthers last week as they failed to make it three wins in a row and that heavy defeat leaves them with plenty to improve upon which leaves them outside of the top eight at the start of round 13.
  • The Sea Eagles were outclassed in the 12-42 loss with the Panthers pulling the strings throughout as Manly managed to see just 40% of the ball but they will hope to do more with it this week having made just 1,311 metres, over 500m fewer than Penrith.
  • Dylan Walker’s return from injury was cut very short as he suffered another problem in the early stages so he is sidelined once again with Cade Cust back in the side at five-eighth while Brad Parker is out after failing a HIA so Tevita Funa comes in at centre and in a huge double blow, the second row pairing of Joel Thompson and Curtis Sironen were withdrawn 24 hours before kick-off.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Herbert, Pompey, Hiku, Jennings, Nikorima, Harris-Tavita, Taunoa-Brown, Lawton, Hetherington, Katoa, Harris, Tevaga – Interchanges: Egan, Blair, Alvaro, Burr – Reserves: Papali’i, Keighran

Unavailable: Jackson Frei (Injured), Bunty Afoa (Injured), Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Taane Milne (Injured), Lesson Ah Mau (Injured), Leivaha Pulu (Personal Reasons), Agnatius Paasi (Personal Reasons), King Vuniyayawa (Personal Reasons), Ken Maumalo (Personal Reasons), David Fusitu’a (Personal Reasons)

  • New Zealand Warriors produced a gutsy display to overcome a half-time deficit to see off Wests Tigers last week with the Warriors ending a three-match losing streak which has given them more breathing space in their bid to avoid the wooden spoon.
  • The Warriors produced a great display, particularly in the second half as they scored 18 unanswered points before holding on to win 20-26 when Wests had threated to draw level in the closing stages of the game with 2,029 run metres a huge reason behind their success.
  • There is just one change following last week’s victory and that sees Chanel Harris-Tavita return to the side following injury and he replaces Blake Green who has made a mid-season switch to Newcastle Knights.

THE PREDICTION

Manly Sea Eagles are enduring an indifferent season and last week was easily one of their worst showings. They were outclassed by Penrith Panthers and while that is no shame against the league leaders, it was a performance they will need to improve on if they are to avoid an upset as they host New Zealand Warriors. The Kiwis have shown some good signs in recent games and fully deserved to see off Wests Tigers last week as they racked up the metres. The Warriors will hope to be powerful through the middle again this week and although it might not be enough to see them come out on top, a +12.5 start can ensure they are competitive.

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