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Manly Sea Eagles vs Wests Tigers NRL Preview and Team News - Sea Eagles aim to cement top four status

Andrew Hendrie 13 Jul 2017
  • Manly Sea Eagles host Wests Tigers on Sunday
  • Tigers have won just once at Lottoland since 2003
Sea Eagles face Tigers on Sunday

Manly Sea Eagles will be looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointment when they take on the struggling Wests Tigers on Sunday at Lottoland in NRL Round 19 action.

The Sea Eagles saw their five-game winning streak snapped at Pepper Stadium last week against the Panthers, falling 16-12 to the men in black - however coach Trent Barrett is unlikely to be too worried about the loss when you consider the 14-4 lopsided penalty count and the resulting lack of possession.

It’s looking like that result could be an outlier in Manly’s thoroughly impressive season, with the Sea Eagles flying high in the top four and well-positioned to secure a home final in September.

Given most pundits though the Sea Eagles were in the middle of a rebuilding phase and would miss out on the finals by a big margin, it’s been an excellent season for the Northern Beaches club so far.

Manly do need to bounce back immediately to regather their momentum however, and Daly Cherry-Evans will be hoping for a big game after he was controversial overlooked for Origin selection on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the season is already over for the Tigers, but after picking up a maximum four points over the last fortnight, the joint-venture outfit will be aiming to finish the season brightly, starting with this week’s trip to Lottoland.

The Tigers managed to haul themselves off the bottom of the ladder with their 33-12 victory over fellow battlers the Knights two weeks ago, while last week’s bye gives them a four-point buffer on the current wooden-spooners.

However the Tigers will have to defy current form and overturn a dire record at Brookvale if they are to pull off the upset on Sunday. Manly will be determined to rebound from last week, and in front of their home fans, you can’t see them losing this one.

Stats


  • Last four meetings have been split at two wins apiece
  • Tigers have only won one from 10 since 2003 at Lottoland
  • Sea Eagles lead H2H overall 14-9

Team Lists


Jake Trbojevic is set to back up from Origin for Manly, while Darcy Lussick is back on the bench in place of Brad Parker.

James Tedesco and Chris Lawrence come back for the Tigers, pushing Malakai Watene-Zelezniak and Alex Twal out the team.

Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Matthew Wright 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Blake Green 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Frank Winterstein 12. Shaun Lane 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Cameron Cullen 15. Lloyd Perrett 16. Darcy Lussick 17. Addin Fonua-Blake 18. Jarrad Kennedy 19. Jonathan Wright 20. Brad Parker 21. Jackson Hastings

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Esan Marsters 4. Moses Suli 5. Kevin Naiqama 6. Tuimoala Lolohea 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Chris Lawrence 12. Sauaso Sue 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. Matthew Eisenhuth 15. Joel Edwards 16. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Matt McIlwrick 18. Malakai Watene Zelezniak 19. Jack Littlejohn 20. Kyle Lovett 21. Alex Twal

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