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Jamie Lyon is one of the best centres in the game. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 16 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 52 d Sydney Roosters 14 at Allianz Stadium
Round 11 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 18 d Sydney Roosters 10 at Brookvale Oval
Round 22 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 36 d Sydney Roosters 8 at Brookvale Oval
Round 2 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 27 d Sydney Roosters 16 at Allianz Stadium
Round 25 2010 – Sydney Roosters 30 d Manly Sea Eagles 14 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8 
Sea Eagles

W

W

W

L

W

Roosters

W

L

W

W

W


The Sea Eagles  will be without Brett Stewart for their NRL Round 9 clash with the Roosters  on Monday night, after the fullback was ruled out for up to five weeks with a back injury during the week. Esi Tonga is likely to come into the backline as his replacement after debuting for the club in its 24-18 win over the Dragons last week, while Jamie Buhrer is back in the mix after recovering from a knee strain picked up in round six and Steve Matai returns from suspension.

The Roosters scored their sixth win from eight outings with their 30-6 victory against the Panthers in round eight and have made just one enforced changed this week, with Sam Moa unavailable for selection after sustaining knee and ankle injuries in the early stages of that match. Martin Kennedy takes his place in the starting lineup, while returns to the top grade on the bench after an absence of over a month.

1st Tryscorer

Steve Matai  is probably best known as a defensive enforcer for Manly, but he has also been a potent attacking weapon for the Sea Eagles this season. He has four tries from seven outings during the current campaign and cross the line in both matches between the clubs last year.

New South Wales selectors will be overjoyed with the form of Roosters centre Michael Jennings  at the moment, with the former Panther bagging five tries in his past three matches. Jamie Lyon and Steve Matai are two of the best defensive centres in the competition and they will have to be at their best to keep Jennings quiet.

Prediction

The Roosters have been flying in 2013 but just how far they can go this season will be put to the test against Manly. The Sea Eagles have won 12 of the past 14 matches between these clubs and haven’t lost to the tri-colours at Brookvale Oval for nine years. Although Brett Stewart is out, he hasn’t been at his best in the opening two months of the season and Manly can cover his absence. Manly Sea Eagles 1-12

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