Manly Want Some Payback

Brett Stewart - Manly Sea Eagles
Brett Stewart loves playing the Tigers, scoring 9 tries in 15 games. Source: Braden Fastier/foxsports.com.au

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Sea Eagles v Tigers


Brookvale Oval

Friday July 11 – 7:50 PM (AEST)

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In Round 5 this year, the Manly Sea Eagles  suffered a shock 34-18 loss at the hands of the Wests Tigers  at Leichhardt Oval. It wasn’t that the Sea Eagles played badly, it just seemed they didn’t expect the Tigers to play at such a high standard. They were outmuscled in the middle and outplayed on the fringes. But this time, it’s at Brookvale Oval and coach Geoff Toovey will make sure it doesn’t happen again - that you can be sure of.

What happened to the Sea Eagles last week? Going into Friday’s match against the Bulldogs, they were on a hot streak. They had won three in a row, which coincidently started with the Bulldogs in Round 13. But on Friday night, they were a shadow of the team which only a week earlier beat the Premiers, the Sydney Roosters. Their forwards were sluggish in attack and not running onto the ball with any conviction. It was a game they should of won, but their second half performance was not flash at all. Luckily for Manly fans, this is a team which can bounce back, and bounce back hard. They have proved that time and time again. Daly Cherry-Evans, Jorge Taufua and James Hasson have all been named to return, pushing Jack Littlejohn, Clinton Gutherson and Jayden Hodges out of the side.

Last Sunday, the Tigers produced one of their worst performances of the year. Poor defensive reads, passes finding the turf, and once again, too many silly penalties. Chris Lawrence is a shadow of his former self. It was only three years ago he was on the cusp of an Origin berth, but after being struck down by a hip dislocation in 2011, he has struggled to find any consistent form. On Sunday, he was caught out of position too many times and dropped the pill more often than not. There is no doubt he has the skill to go to the next level, but he needs to find that form, and quick. Being only 25-years old, he has time on his side but patience is beginning to wear thin. Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah both return from Origin duty, pushing Martin Taupau to the bench and Joel Luani out of the side. Blake Austin replaces Braith Anasta (bicep) at five-eighth, Dene Halatau replaces Bodene Thompson (suspension) in the starting side and James Gavet joins the pine.

Last time these two teams met, the game was won up the middle. This game shouldn’t be any different. Brookie is Manly’s fortress and teams hate playing there. Expect Manly to atone for Round 5’s upset and put one over the Tigers on Friday.

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