Watmough Ready To Rip In

Anthony Watmough & Daly Cherry Evans
Anthony Watmough and Daly Cherry Evans go head-to-head on Friday. Image courtesy of: couriermail.com.au

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Eels v Sea Eagles


Pirtek Stadium

Friday March 6 – 6:45 PM (AEST)



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There will be fireworks on Friday night when Anthony Watmough and the Parramatta Eels face Daly Cherry-Evans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Pirtek Stadium. 

It's well documented that there is no love lost between Watmough and DCE. Their dislike for each other was supposedly the motive that sent Watmough packing to the western parts of Sydney. When ‘Choc’ signed with the Eels last year, every Manly fan marked this day on their calendar. But while the big talking point of this match has been their epic showdown, this match will also be the first time the Eels have started the season without superstar Jarryd Hayne, who has left to pursue a dream career in the NFL. Will Hopoate will replace Hayne at fullback, with Nathan Peats returning to dummy half after missing the majority of last season with an ACL injury. New recruits Brad Takairangi and Reece Robinson are also inclusions in Brad Arthur’s 19-man squad.

Manly are a team in disarray. They've failed to secure contracts for both of their star halves, DCE and Kieran Foran, and in-house fighting has caused Manly fans to be a little short on confidence heading into the season opener. In the last decade, the Silvertails have finished in the Top 4 on six occasions, won two Premierships and have made every single finals series . However with so much uncertainty at the club, many are tipping the Sea Eagles to fall badly this year and believe a Top 8 finish is a too bigger of an ask. Coach Geoff Toovey has named a strong side for Friday’s match, with new recruits Willie Mason and Feleti Mateo both starting, and Clinton Gutherson replacing the injured Steve Matai (shoulder) in the centres.

Even before Choc signed with the Eels, there was always a bitter rivalry between the two. In their two meetings last year, both teams shared a victory, with the Eels winning their last encounter 22-12 at home. Even with Hayne, Parra were always going to struggle, and TattsBet customers continue to favour the Silvertails at the line . 

 

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