Blockbuster Kicks Off Finals

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Adam Reynolds returns to steer the Bunnies around on Friday night. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au

Manly Sea Eagles Logo


Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs


Allianz Stadium

Friday September 12 – 8:00 PM (AEST)

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Allianz Stadium hosts the first Qualifying Final between Manly  and South Sydney on Friday night.

Manly are hell-bent on redemption after letting the Minor Premiership slip through their fingers. After leading the pack for so long, sitting at the top of the table for eight weeks straight, they fell badly. Geoff Toovey's men lost three out of their last five games, allowing the Roosters to nab top spot in the final week. Manly head into Friday's match as underdogs for only the fifth time this year, but that won’t worry the Silvertails. They've won their last nine games at Allianz, and they'll be extra confident with Brett Stewart and Brenton Lawrence both returning from injury.

It is now or never for the Bunnies. A month ago they were premiership favourites at $3.25, but have slipped a little in the premiership market after losing two of their last three games. The Bunnies don’t have the best finals record heading into Friday's blockbuster, winning only two games in nine appearances. The saving grace for them is the fact they don’t have to travel to Brookvale Oval on Friday; instead they face Manly at Allianz, a stadium right in the heartland of Rabbitoh territory. Adam Reynolds returns to halfback, pushing John Sutton to the back row.

The last time these two met, the Bunnies outplayed the Sea Eagles 23-4. The Silvertails, however, were the ones who knocked South’s out of the finals last year, and that will be fresh in the memory of Michael Maguire's men. With Reynolds coming back, all the money coming into TattsBet is for South Sydney, especially in the 1-12 margin.

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