Sea Eagles Set To Keep Flying High

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Daly Cherry-Evans has made a great start to the year. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 23 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 23 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 at Bluetongue Stadium
Round 18 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 36 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 at Brookvale Oval
Round 4 2011 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d Manly Sea Eagles 30 at Bluetongue Stadium
Round 15 2010 – Manly Sea Eagles 26 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 25 at Brookvale Oval
Round 8 2010 – Manly Sea Eagles 30 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

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Rabbitohs

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Souths  had the tough task of tackling the unbeaten Melbourne Storm in round six and things don’t get much easier for them on Friday night when they face second placed Manly  at Brookvale Oval. A 16-14 defeat to the Titans aside, the Sea Eagles have been unbeatable in 2013, and all without star backrower Glenn Stewart. He is yet to recover from a knee injury but David Williams comes back onto the wing after missing the 25-18 win over Cronulla, while David Gower has been named on the bench in place of Joe Galuvao, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles.

The Rabbitohs have kept faith in the 17 man squad that put up such a good showing against the Storm two weeks ago, with club captain Michael Crocker one of three players added to an extended interchange bench. All seven players that were involved in rep matches last weekend have been cleared to play including Greg Inglis, who limped off with a hip injury in the Kangaroos win over New Zealand.

1st Tryscorer

Manly fullback Brett Stewart  could be playing for his New South Wales jersey when he goes head-to-head with Greg Inglis at Brookvale Oval on Friday night. He has been a prolific tryscorer in recent seasons but has bagged just one four pointer this season and will hope that a return to ‘Brooky’ will see him recapture his best form.

When it comes to tryscorers it is hard to look past Nathan Merritt , who has already bagged eight four pointers in 2013. He has been the first scorer twice this season and has scored two hat-tricks from three matches away from ANZ Stadium during the current campaign.

Prediction

Manly has an imposing record at Brookvale Oval and has also had the wood over Souths in recent times, winning four of the past five meetings between these clubs. Although it is hard to knock what the Rabbitohs have done this year, the fact that the Sea Eagles are at home sways it in their favour. Manly Sea Eagles 1-12

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