Minor Premiership Hangs In The Balance

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The Sea Eagles will need Anthony Watmough to be at his best on Saturday night. Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au

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Cowboys v Sea Eagles


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Saturday September 6 – 7:35 PM
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One team can secure the Minor Premiership; the other can sneak into the Top 4 when the Manly Sea Eagles  face the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night.

They may not be favoured to lift the Provan-Summons Trophy in October, drifting from $3.25 favourites to $5, but a win on Saturday night will not only allow Manly to finish on top of the ladder, but build some much-needed momentum heading into the Finals. The Sea Eagles should be confident heading into Saturday’s clash, having won eight of the last ten against the Cowboys, including the last two in Townsville. Brenton Lawrence returns to the front row, pushing Jason King to the bench.

Johnathan Thurston has brought the Cowboys back from the dead. Two months ago they were sitting 13th on the ladder and looked no hope of making the finals. But after winning six from their seven last games, they are aiming for a spot in the Top 4. All the money may be coming in for the Sea Eagles, but one punter has splashed a cool $2,500 for the Cowboys at home.

History is not on the Cowboys' side when they line up against Manly. They haven’t beaten the Sea Eagles in their last six meetings and were controversially knocked out by the Silvertails in the 2012 Finals. But with the form they are in at the moment, it might be time to change the record books.

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