Battle Of Two Sydney Shires

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The return of Todd Carney is a massive boost for the Sharks. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au

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Sharks v Sea Eagles


Remondis Stadium

Saturday June 21 – 7:35 PM (AEST)

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The Manly Sea Eagles  are so consistent. If you can forget about an off afternoon in Brisbane a few weeks ago, the Silvertails regularly prove they are one of the top competitors. A convincing 32-10 win over the Dogs a fortnight ago was just what they needed to get their season back on course. On the other hand, the Cronulla Sharks  need some of Manly’s cool-aid. Against the struggling Dragons, the Sharkies looked as though they belonged on a school football oval, rather than an NRL Stadium.

Manly are almost certainties to play in the finals for a 10th consecutive season. Arguably the club of the decade, the Sea Eagles prove time and time again they are one of the powerhouses of the competition. With quality all over the park, Manly win games by doing all the little things right. Their tackles and passes stick, they slide in defence and they run at the hole, not the man. After showing how tough he really is, Daly Cherry-Evans returns from Origin duty bruised, but not broken, along with Anthony Watmough. Jason King has been named on an extended bench, alongside James Hasson and Jack Littlejohn.

The Sharks may have injuries, but they are running out of excuses. Against the Dragons two weeks ago, they looked like they didn’t want to be there. Bringing players up from the lower grades is the only way to cover injuries, but the fill-ins played with little intensity. They were ball watching half the time, not playing the man. But just when you thought all was lost, enter inspirational skipper Paul Gallen. After a man-of-the-match performance on Wednesday, Gal brings that form and winning culture to club level. Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Anthony Tupou, Johnathan Wright and Siosaia Feki all make their return on Saturday night. Michael Lichaa starts at hooker for the injured John Morris, while Michael Gordon shifts to the wing.

This should be a Silvertails victory, but the return of Gal is a massive boost for the home side. If the Sharkies can work together and do the basics right, they're half a chance to upset the silvertails.

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