Melbourne And Manly Seek Redemption

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Cooper Cronk will hope to inspire his team to victory. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

2nd Preliminary Final, 2012 – Melbourne Storm 40 d Manly Sea Eagles 12 at AAMI Park
Round 15, 2012 – Melbourne Storm 26 d Manly Sea Eagles 22 at Brookvale Oval
Round 25, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 18 d Melbourne Storm 4 at Brookvale Oval
Round 1, 2011 – Melbourne Storm 18 d Manly Sea Eagles 6 at AAMI Park
Round 22, 2010 – Manly Sea Eagles 26 d Melbourne Storm 6 at Brookvale Oval

Current Form

  Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8    Rd 9 
Storm

W

W

W

L

L

Sea Eagles

W

W

L

W


Melbourne Storm  will be desperate to avoid a third straight defeat when they welcome the Manly Sea Eagles  to AAMI Park on Monday night. With the defending premiers going to be without their best players during the State Of Origin series, it is imperative that the club picks up as many points as possible before their inevitable slum. Even with that in mind, Craig Bellamy has resisted the temptation to make changes by keeping faith in the 17 man squad that lost to the Panthers last week, although Lagi Setu has been added to an extended interchange bench.

Like this week’s opponents, the Sea Eagles suffered a rare defeat in round nine, going down 16-4 to the Roosters at Brookvale Oval on Monday night. With Brett Stewart, Jason King and Joe Galuvao amongst the players on the injured list, they too have named stuck with the same group from that result although utility player Tom Symonds replaces James Hasson on the bench.

Prediction

It was almost impossible to think that the Storm would lose to Penrith last weekend and you can’t imagine that they will be beaten three weeks on the trot but they have simply not been at their best in the past month. Manly may have lost two of its past three outing but those defeats came against the two form teams in the competition, the Rabbitohs and Roosters. Although their past ten trips to Melbourne have resulted in just two wins, the Sea Eagles will be too good if the hosts again lack the intensity that they have become known for in recent times. Manly Sea Eagles by 6

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