Sea Eagles Still On The Up

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Anthony Watmough is arguably in career best form. Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 3, 2013 – Gold Coast Titans 16 d Manly Sea Eagles 14 at Skilled Park
Round 26, 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 24 d Gold Coast Titans 16 at Skilled Park
Round 7, 2012 - Gold Coast Titans 24 d Manly Sea Eagles 14 at Brookvale Oval
Round 10, 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 16 d Gold Coast Titans 12 at Skilled Park
Round 14, 2010 - Gold Coast Titans 28 d Manly Sea Eagles 14 at Skilled Park

Current Form

  Rd 14    Rd 15    Rd 16    Rd 17    Rd 18 
Sea Eagles

L

-

L

W

 W

Titans

L

W

L

L

-


The Sea Eagles  will be looking to consolidate their place in the top four when they face the Titans  at Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon. While Manly has posted big wins at its past two outings, the Titans season is slipping away, with three defeats from their past four fixtures seeing them drop out of the top eight for the first time since March.

Anthony Watmough and Daly Cherry-Evans are both expected to line up for Manly after coming through the State of Origin decider with a clean bill of health, with Peta Hiku and Ligi Sao omitted after featuring in the clubs 34-14 victory over the Cowboys in Monday night football.

Greg Bird and Nate Myles could be late inclusions for the Titans despite not being in the squad by John Cartwright earlier this week, with the club desperately needing their best side on the field to keep their finals hopes alive. Dave Taylor, Beau Falloon and Brad Takairangi will all line up after recovering from injury, but Will Zillman and Jamal Idris remain on the sidelines.

1st Tryscorer

Jamie Lyon’s  nickname is ‘killer’ and he has been killing his opponents of late, scoring three tries in his past three outings. He has bagged the first try for his team four times in Manly’s eight most recent fixtures and was the first player on the scoresheet on two of those occasions.

David Mead  has been a prolific tryscorer for the Titans for several seasons now but has had his tryscoring exploits curtailed somewhat by injury in 2013. Since returning from a broken jaw in round 16 however, the winger has scored three tries from just two matches and bagged a double in his last outing for the club.

Prediction

The Gold Coast has been punching above its weight this season, but is coming back to the field with injuries to key personnel. Heavy defeats to the Panthers and Knights in their past two outings don’t bode well for this fixture, especially when you consider that the Sea Eagles have scored 80 points in their past two home games and have won nine Sunday afternoon matches in succession at Brooky’. Manly Sea Eagles by 20

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