2021 NRL – Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters taking place? Friday 17th September, 2021 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters taking place? BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Where can I get tickets for Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters 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 Sydney Roosters? 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

THE TEAM NEWS

Manly Sea Eagles

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Saab, Parker, Harper, Garrick, Foran, Cherry-Evans, Aloiai, Croker, Taupau, Olakau’atu, Schuster, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Walker, Lawton, Keppie, Paseka – Reserves: Sipley, Suli, Sironen, Funa

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Suspended), Andrew Davey (Injured), Morgan Boyle (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles were outclassed by Melbourne Storm in last week’s qualifying final and they have it all to do to put that disappointing performance in which they were held to just two tries, both of which came off kicks.
  • The Storm shut down key man Tom Trbojevic who struggled to get into the contest with Manly failing to produce the free-flowing attacking football which has served them so well this season but the return of hooker Lachlan Croker should give them better distribution from the ruck.

Sydney Roosters

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Morris, Keighran, Ikuvalu, Lam, Hutchison, Waerea-Hargreaves, Verrills, Liu, Crichton, Tupouniua, Radley – Interchanges: Walker, N. Butcher, E. Butcher, Baker – Reserves: Copley, Thomas, B. Marschke, Whyte

Unavailable: Luke Keary (Injured), Lindsay Collins (Injured), Joseph Suaalii (Injured), Billy Smith (Injured), Joey Manu (Injured), Tuku Hau Tapuha (Injured), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Injured)

  • Sydney Roosters overcame an almighty scare in their clash with Gold Coast Titans last week and they were perhaps fortunate that their opponents blew a brilliant chance to score to win the game with the final play of the game.
  • Sam Walker’s field goal looked to have handed the Roosters victory until the Titans broke down field in the dying seconds and looked set to score the game-winning try but Daniel Tupou made a crucial tackle to edge the Tricolours into the next round.

THE PREDICTION

Manly Sea Eagles failed to live up to the hype last week as they were blown away by minor premiers Melbourne Storm and they have plenty to improve on if they are to remain in the finals. The Sea Eagles were underwhelming in that showing but they are capable of bouncing back here and that could be a big issue for Sydney Roosters. The Tricolours almost succumbed to a shock defeat against Gold Coast Titans last week and a similar performance here will surely see them get beaten. The Roosters’ injury woes look set to finally catch up with them in this one and despite losing four of the last five meetings between the pair, it is Manly that can advance from this semi-final by winning this one by at least six points.

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