Sea Eagles Try To Stay In Top Four

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Daly Cherry-Evans was quiet against the Roosters last week. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 18, 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 40 d Parramatta Eels 24 at Brookvale Oval
Round 5, 2012 – Parramatta Eels 29 d Manly Sea Eagles 20 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 23, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 26 d Parramatta Eels 20 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 15, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 22 d Parramatta Eels 18 at Brookvale Oval
Round 10, 2010 – Parramatta Eels 19 d Manly Sea Eagles 12 at Brookvale Oval

Current Form

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Eels

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Manly  will be fighting for its place in the top four against the Eels  at Brookvale Oval on Monday night, with three teams just a point behind the Sea Eagles on the NRL ladder at the start of the round. Geoff Toovey’s side has won just one of its past six fixtures but couldn’t ask for a better chance to get back to winning ways, with Parramatta languishing at the foot of the table having failed to win a match since round nine.

Kieran Foran returns for the Sea Eagles being a late withdrawal prior to his sides 18-12 defeat to the Roosters last Monday night with food poisoning, meaning that backrower-come-five-eight Tom Symonds is back on the bench. Justin Horo will take his place after it was found that he has no case to answer following his high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, while James Hasson and Brenton Lawrence have been cleared to play by the club’s doctors despite being involved in nasty head clashes last week.

The Eels have named superstar Jarryd Hayne at fullback, with the New South Wales Origin star set to play his first match since picking up a hamstring strain against the Roosters in round 13. He is the only new face in the squad that went down to the Rabbitohs 30-10 a fortnight ago, with young gun Jake Mullaney named as 18th man as cover for Hayne.

1st Tryscorer

Jorge Taufua  started the season with seven tries in his first five matches but has found things a bit tougher in recent times, with just two four pointers from his past ten outings. With the Sea Eagles likely to rack up a big score here, Taufua should get plenty of opportunities to add to his tally.

Ken Sio  has been on fire for the Eels of late, bagging five tries in his past four matches. He has been the first tryscorer for his team in each of those matches and his playmakers are sure to try and give him plenty of ball when, or maybe if, Parramatta get a tryscoring opportunity.

Prediction

While you have to go back six weeks to find the last time that the Sea Eagles won, they haven’t been playing that badly with narrow defeats some of the competition’s in-form teams. The Eels on the other hand have been woeful, conceding 100 points in their past three outings and could be in for another long night. Manly Sea Eagles by 22

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