2020 NRL – Manly Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Manly Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Sunday 5th July, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Manly Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Lottoland, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Manly Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights? 16c, mostly sunny

What channel is Manly Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights 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 Newcastle Knights? 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 Newcastle Knights? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: Garrick, Taufua, Parker, Suli, Funa, Croker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Levi, Taupau, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Cust, Gosiewski, Keppie, Paseka – Reserves: Boyle, Elliot

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Disciplinary), Albert Hopoate (Injured), Corey Waddell (Injured), Tom Trbojevic (Injured), Dylan Walker (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles were on the end of a big loss against Cronulla Sharks last week as they struggled in the absence of Tom Trbojevic and they must greatly improve if they are to avoid a second consecutive loss.
  • The Sea Eagles shipped 40 points as they struggled on both sides of the ball, although two tries in the final 10 minutes made the scoreline more flattering than it should have been with Manly failing to make their greater time with the ball (51%) and higher completion rate (80%) count.
  • Despite Trbojevic missing once again here, the Sea Eagles will receive a boost with the return of centre Moses Suli who comes in for Brendan Elliot in the backline which will help them on the right edge on both sides of the ball.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, Lee, Tuala, Best, Hunt, Mann, Pearce, Klemmer, McCullough, D. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Mata’utia, Ese’ese – Interchanges: Hoy, J. Saifiti, Guerra, Saulo – Reserves: Moga, Jones

Unavailable: Mitch Barnett (Injured), Jayden Brailey (Injured), Connor Watson (Injured), Tim Glasby (Injured)

  • Newcastle Knights put in an awful display as they were blown away by North Queensland Cowboys in the first half of their contest last week and despite fighting back in the second half, the Knights left themselves with too much to do to overturn the big deficit.
  • The Knights trailed 26-0 at the break in what was an error-strewn performance which saw them complete at just 74%, bringing their season average down to 82% but that is one area they will look to improve on this week having totalled 12 errors against the Cowboys.
  • Bradman Best has completed his week in quarantine so he will return in the centres this week in place of Gehamat Shibasaki while Tim Glasby is out after failing a HIA last week with Pasami Saulo taking his place in the 17.

THE PREDICTION

Manly Sea Eagles and Newcastle Knights both suffered defeats last week but it is the Knights that will be more confident of bouncing back. They showed some character with an improved second half display against North Queensland Cowboys and they welcome back gun centre Bradman Best. He will go up against Manly’s Moses Suli in a tasty battle but the continued absence of Tom Trbojevic is likely to see the hosts struggle again with Newcastle able to win a high-scoring contest.

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