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

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THE FACTS

When is Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? Sunday 16th August, 2020 – 05:00 (UK)

Where is Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

What is the expected weather for Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles? 18c, sunny

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

THE TEAM NEWS

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, To’a, Tuala, Shibasaki, Hunt, Green, Pearce, Klemmer, Mann, D. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Guerra, Barnett – Interchanges: Crossland, J. Saifiti, Ese’ese, King – Reserves: Hoy, Jones

Unavailable: Jayden Brailey (Injured), Tim Glasby (Injured), Edrick Lee (Injured), Andrew McCullough (Injured), Connor Watson (Injured), Sione Mata’utia (Injured), Bradman Best (Injured), Pasami Saulo (Suspended)

  • ● Newcastle Knights produced their best performance in a long time as they were clinical in a huge win over Wests Tigers last week but their challenge will be to back that up as they take on Manly Sea Eagles in an important clash in the race for a spot in the top eight.
  • The Knights ran in eight tries in the 44-4 success with the Tigers unable to handle the different attacking shape that Newcastle threw at them with new signing Blake Green seemingly making an impact on debut.
  • ● After such a dominant display, head coach Adam O’Brien would have been forgiven for sticking with the same 17 but he has made one change as Daniel Saifiti returns from a knee injury in place of Brodie Jones.

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: Elliot, Garrick, Parker, Suli, Funa, Cust, Cherry-Evans, Paseka, Levi, Boyle, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Croker, Waddell, Keppie, Olakau’atu – Reserves: Miski, Gosiewski

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Disciplinary), Tom Trbojevic (Injured), Dylan Walker (Injured), Addin Fonua-Blake (Injured), Jorge Taufua (Injured), Martin Taupau (Injured)

  • ● Manly Sea Eagles’ poor run of form continued as they were turned over by New Zealand Warriors at Lottoland last week and they will now view this as a must-win game if they are to keep their hopes of playing in the finals alive.
  • ● After a big loss against Penrith Panthers, the Sea Eagles were outplayed by the Warriors and failed to capitalise on their opponents being reduced to 12 men on two separate occasions as they went down 22-26.
  • ● To make matters worse for Manly, they have now lost their starting front row pairing of Addin Fonua-Blake and Martin Taupau to injury whilst Jorge Taufua is also out injured to leave the Sea Eagles with some key players on the sidelines.

THE PREDICTION

Newcastle Knights were hugely impressive last week as they ran riot against Wests Tigers and they will be confident of making it back-to-back wins as they host injury-hit Manly Sea Eagles. A win for the Knights would create real daylight between themselves and the chasing pack in the hunt for the top eight with the Sea Eagles currently their closest rivals. Manly were poor again last week and they could find themselves in real trouble without their starting props with the Knights likely to be winners by at least eight points in this one.

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