In-Form Warriors Out To Buck Trend

Picture: Darren England/dailytelegraph.com.au
Manu Vatuvei has been in great form. Picture: Darren England/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 21, 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 24 d New Zealand Warriors 22 at Patersons Stadium
Round 1, 2012 - Manly Sea Eagles 26 d New Zealand Warriors 20 at Eden Park
Grand Final, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 24 d New Zealand Warriors 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 6, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 20 d New Zealand Warriors 10 at Brookvale Oval
Round 24, 2010 - Manly Sea Eagles 19 d New Zealand Warriors 16 at Brookvale Oval

Current Form

  Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12 
Warriors

W

L

L

W

W

Sea Eagles

W

L

D

W

-


The Warriors  will be looking for their first win against Manly  since 2009 when the clubs meet at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Despite losing six in a row against the Sea Eagles, Matthew Elliott’s side will go into the match full of confidence after putting 56 points on the Broncos on Monday night to score back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Unsurprisingly, New Zealand has elected to keep the same squad that has served them so well in the past fortnight.

After having last weekend off with the bye, the Sea Eagles have made just one change to the side that beat the Raiders 16-10 a fortnight ago, with James Hasson coming onto the bench at the expense of David Gower. Blues backrower Anthony Watmough and Queensland reserve Daly Cherry-Evans have both been named in the starting side.

1st Tryscorer

Giant winger Manu Vatuvei  terrorised the Broncos outside backs at Suncorp Stadium on Monday night, running for 175m and scoring a double. He has eight tries from his past eight NRL matches and now he is back to full fitness, will be hungry to remind everyone that he is still amongst the best wingers in the game.

Former Kangaroos winger David Williams  arguably had his two best games of the season prior to last week’s bye and will be looking to pick up where he left off against the Warriors on Sunday afternoon. He was on the scoresheet against New Zealand last season and will relish the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with big Manu.

Prediction

The Warriors have played their best football this season at Mt Smart Stadium, collected two competition points in three of their four matches at the ground. The venue holds no fears for Manly however, who have won 78% of the games they have played there. They have the wood over New Zealand, having won nine of the past ten between the sides, and should be too good despite the Warriors good form. Manly Sea Eagles by 6

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