Origin Spots On The Line At Brooky

Source: Mark Evans/foxsports.com.au
Jorge Taufua has scored eight tries this season. Source: Mark Evans/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 9, 2012 – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18 d Canberra Raiders 12 at Brookvale Oval
Round 9, 2011 – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20 d Canberra Raiders 0 at Brookvale Oval
Round 18, 2010 – Canberra Raiders 24 d Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 at Brookvale Oval
Round 15, 2009 – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20 d Canberra Raiders 14 at Brookvale Oval
Round 12, 2008 – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 31 d Canberra Raiders 18 at Canberra Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10 
Sea Eagles

W

L

W

L

D

Raiders

W

L

W

W

L


Manly  will be looking for just its second win since the middle of April when they host the Raiders  at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night. Since winning five of their opening six matches, the Sea Eagles have suffered defeats to the Rabbitohs and Roosters at home and had to share the points with defending premier Melbourne on Monday night.

The Raiders were no match for the Sharks last weekend but welcome second rower Joel Thompson back into the ranks this weekend, replacing Joel Edwards who has picked up a hamstring injury. Shaun Berrigan will don the Canberra jersey for the first time since round four when he lines up at hooker in place of Matt McIlwrick, while Sam Williams, Jarrad Kennedy and Jake Foster have all been named on an extended bench.

1st Tryscorer

Jorge Taufua  was being talked about as State of Origin bolter at the start of the year when he bagged seven tries in the opening five rounds, but he has struggled to get across the line since, with just one try in his past five outings. New South Wales selectors still have their eye on him however and a big performance against the Raiders could win him a Blues jersey.

Another man being talked about as chance of playing Origin this year is Blake Ferguson , who has been in scintillating form over the past month. He has crossed for six four-pointers in the past three weeks and could play his way into a Blues jersey with a strong showing against Jamie Lyon and Steve Matai.

Prediction

Manly may have won just once in the past month but they have been set a tough task taking on the Roosters, Rabbitohs and Storm from rounds seven to ten. They have won nine of their past eleven against the Raiders however and should build on that record at a ground that they haven’t lost three games in a row at since 2005. Manly Sea Eagles by 14

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