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Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos NRL Preview and Team News - Sea Eagles look to pile more misery on struggling Broncos

Andrew Hendrie 8 May 2019
  • Manly Sea Eagles face Brisbane Broncos in Round 9 of the NRL on Friday
  • Broncos have won three of their last four meetings
Sea Eagles face Broncos on Friday (PA Images)

Manly Sea Eagles will be out to continue their unlikely push towards the top four when they take on the struggling Brisbane Broncos in NRL Round 9 action at Suncorp Stadium.

Although this is technically a Manly home game, the Broncos are playing in familiar territory as part of Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium this weekend.

However, the Sea Eagles would be confident of beating Brisbane at any venue around the country going by the two teams’ respective form this season.

After losing their opening two games of the year, it appeared as if it was going to be a continuation of last season’s struggles for Manly, but after a 46-12 rout of the Warriors in Round 3, they haven’t looked back, posting big wins over top four sides Souths and Canberra and grinding out a tough win last week over Canterbury in a match that had plenty of emotion in it for both sides.

Des Hasler has worked wonders since returning to Manly and has his side up to sixth on the ladder - and if they win again on Friday night, they would be on equal points with top four teams depending on other results.

And that’s not to mention the Sea Eagles are doing all of this without their two main attacking weapons, the injured Tom Trbojevic and Daly-Cherry Evans.

Brisbane meanwhile are all over the place and already fighting for their season - and we’re only in Round 8.

The Broncos were touted as genuine premiership contenders at the start of the season, but Anthony Seibiold’s debut year at the club is quickly turning into a nightmare, with Brisbane only winning two of their opening eight games.

To make matters worse, the Broncos are coming off an embarrassing 38-6 loss to the Rabbitohs last week - the second time this year they’ve left Sydney on the back of a hammering, following on from a 36-4 defeat to the Roosters in Round 4.

Brisbane’s youngsters are struggling, while Anthony Milford and Jack Bird simply aren’t playing to their lofty price tags. Manly are defending brilliantly under Hasler, and unless the Broncos improve significantly, they will be confident of grinding out another win.

Stats


  • Broncos have won three of their last four meetings
  • Broncos won 48-16 in their last clash at Suncorp in R25 last year
  • Manly won 38-24 at Suncorp in R10 last year

Teams


Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliott 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Moses Suli 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Apisai Koroisau 7. Kane Elgey 8. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Jack Gosiewski 15. Kelepi Tanginoa 16. Corey Waddell 17. Morgan Boyle 18. Abbas Miski 19. Cade Cust 20. Zach Dockar-clay 21. Taniela Paseka

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Jack Bird 5. Gehamat Shibasaki 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tom Dearden 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Thomas Flegler 14. Patty Carrigan 15. David Fifita 16. Tevita Pangai 17. Joe Ofahengaue 18. Jamayne Isaako 19. Cory Paix 20. Jaydn Su’a 21. Sean O’Sullivan

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