T-Rex Returns To Old Stomping Ground

Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Jamie Lyon has been in red-hot form of late. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 5, 2013 – Manly Sea Eagles 20 d Canterbury Bulldogs 6 at ANZ Stadium
1st Qualifying Final, 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 16 d Manly Sea Eagles 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 20, 2012 – Canterbury Bulldogs 20 d Manly Sea Eagles 12 at Brookvale Oval
Round 8, 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 12 d Canterbury Bulldogs 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 24, 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 27 d Canterbury Bulldogs 16 at Brookvale Oval

Current Form

  Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12    Rd 13 

Sea Eagles

L

D

W

-

L

Bulldogs

W

L

W

W

W


Manly  will give centre Steve Matai as much time as he needs to prove that he has overcome a leg injury sustained in New Zealand last weekend for his sides crucial fixture against the Bulldogs  on Friday night. Following Sunday’s hard fought 18-16 defeat to the Warriors, the Sea Eagles have won just one of their past four matches and are in danger of dropping out of the top four with defeat but coach Geoff Toovey hasn’t elected to make any changes to his squad this weekend.

Tony Williams will return to Brookvale Oval for the first time since leaving Manly at the end of last year after being named in an unchanged squad for the Bulldogs trip across town. Despite being heavily criticised for some below par performance since joining Canterbury he comes back into the starting XIII after making his comeback from injury on the bench against the Cowboys, the Dogs sixth win in seven matches.

1st Tryscorer

Manly skipper Jamie Lyon  has been in red-hot form over the past month, scoring the first try for his team in three of their past five matches. He will relish the prospect of going head-to-head against international centres Josh Morris and Krisnan Inu.

Some players seem to excel against particular opposition and Ben Barba  relishes playing against the Sea Eagles. Although he didn’t fare particularly well in the round five match between the sides, he had scored four tries from the three previous clashes and has got the same return from as many matches at Brookvale Oval.

Prediction

Brookvale Oval has long been considered a fortress for Manly, but the clubs recent record at the ground suggests opposition teams don’t fear going there anymore. Although the Sea Eagles have won five of their past seven at the venue, the two defeats have come this season and the Bulldogs can inflict more home misery on them. Canterbury Bulldogs by 6

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