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Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns after five weeks out. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images
Last 5 Meetings

Round 9, 2013 – Sydney Roosters 16 d Manly Sea Eagles 4 at Brookvale Oval
Round 16, 2012 - Manly Sea Eagles 52 d Sydney Roosters 14 at Allianz Stadium
Round 11, 2012 - Manly Sea Eagles 18 d Sydney Roosters 10 at Brookvale Oval
Round 22, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 36 d Sydney Roosters 8 at Brookvale Oval
Round 2, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 27 d Sydney Roosters 16 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 11    Rd 12    Rd 13    Rd 14    Rd 15 
Roosters

L

-

W

L

 W

Sea Eagles

W

-

L

L

-


The Roosters  will be without New South Wales pivot James Maloney for their match against the Sea Eagles  on Monday night, with the star playmaker suffering a fractured eye socket in State of Origin game two on Wednesday night. Blues teammates Michael Jennings and Mitchell Pearce have been cleared to play however, while coach Trent Robinson also has Jared Waerea-Hargreaves available after five weeks on the sideline. The aggressive front-rower was banned for five weeks the last time these sides met for a high tackle on George Rose and his inclusion is a big plus with Martin Kennedy injured.

Manly’s Origin representatives Daly Cherry-Evans and Anthony Watmough have both been named to play and are expected to lineup, where they could be joined by fullback Brett Stewart. Although he wasn’t named in the Sea Eagles 17 man squad for the match, Stewart could play for the first time since round eight after Geoff Toovey suggest his star man was a chance of returning.

1st Tryscorer

Kiwi international Shaun Kenny-Dowall  scored just one try in his first eleven matches this season but has started to regain his best form recently, with three tries in as many matches. He scored a double against the Bulldogs last week and was the first player on the scoresheet.

Daly Cherry-Evans  made his State of Origin debut at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday and will be full of confidence at the moment. He has bagged six four pointers this season, including a brace against in the Sea Eagles most recent match.

Prediction

This match pits two of the competitions best sides against each other for the second time in seven weeks, but it could well be a different result this time around. The Roosters scored just their third win 15 matches against the Sea Eagles with their 16-4 victory at Brookvale Oval in round nine but the loss of both James Maloney and Martin Kennedy hurts their chances of getting two points again here. Both teams have great defensive records this season so the match could be decided by the best attacking side and with Cherry-Evans and Foran firing, that could be Manly. Manly Sea Eagles by 4

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