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Wests Tigers vs Manly Sea Eagles NRL Preview and Team News - Tigers target fourth straight win over Manly

Andrew Hendrie 13 Mar 2019
  • Wests Tigers play host to Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the NRL on Saturday
  • Tigers have won the last three meetings between the teams
Tigers face Sea Eagles on Saturday

Wests Tigers and Manly Sea Eagles - both equipped with new head coaches for 2019 - square off in the opening round of the new NRL season at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

Michael Maguire and Des Hasler have both won premierships, but they face an uphill battle to guide their respective sides into a finals position this season.

Taking over from Ivan Cleary, Maguire will be aiming to build on a ninth place finish for the Tigers last season in a year that could have been so much better.

Indeed, the Tigers were in the top four for most of the first half of the season and even in the top eight until the last couple of rounds, when they ultimately ran out of steam and finished one rung below the top eight.

Former Roosters player Ryan Matterson is an excellent signing for the Tigers, but they will be without some firepower in the backline for this game, with both Moses Mbye and David Nofoaluma out injured.

Josh Reynolds is the man to miss out on a spot in the 17, with Benji Marshall partnering Luke Brooks in the halves, while Robbie Farah starts at hooker.

Meanwhile, after a bitter end to his tenure at the Bulldogs, Hasler has returned to Brookvale in a bid to achieve more success with his beloved Manly.

Hasler’s methods and style of coaching became stale at the Bulldogs, so it will be interesting to see if he’s developed a more contemporary approach to his tactics upon his return to Manly.

It was a season to forget for the Sea Eagles last season, plagued by one controversy after the next, but it looks like it could be another long campaign on the field in 2019.

Tom Trbojevic is out injured in a big blow for this game, while Kane Elgey will start as Daly Cherry-Evans’ partner in the halves.

The Tigers have won the last three games between the teams, and at Leichhardt, I’m going to back them to make it four. It’s always tough picking first round games when teams have zero runs on the board, but the Tigers have had the wood over the Sea Eagles in recent meetings, and coupled with the Leichhardt factor, that should be enough to get them over the line.

Stats


  • Tigers have won the last three meetings between the teams
  • Tigers won their last clash 22-20 in Round 24 last season
  • Sea Eagles have only won 20 per cent of their games at Leichhardt

Teams


Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson 2 Mahe Fonua 3 Paul Momirovski 4 Esan Marsters 5 Robert Jennings 6 Benji Marshall 7 Luke Brooks 8 Ben Matulino 9 Robbie Farah 10 Alex Twal 11 Ryan Matterson 12 Luke Garner 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Russell Packer 15 Thomas Mikale 16 Josh Aloiai 17 Michael Chee-Kam. Reserves: 18 Josh Reynolds 19 Matt Eisenhuth 20 Jacob Liddle 21 Chris McQueen

Sea Eagles: 1 Brendan Elliot 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Moses Suli 4 Bradley Parker 5 Reuben Garrick 6 Kane Elgey 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8 Addin Fonua-Blake 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Martin Taupau 11 Joel Thompson 12 Curtis Sironen 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Trent Hodkinson 15 Jack Gosiewski 16 Kelepi Tanginoa 17 Toafofoa Sipley. Interchange: 18 Tevita Funa 19 Cade Cust 20 Lloyd Perrett 21 Lachlan Croker

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Wests Tigers vs Manly Sea Eagles NRL Preview and Team News - Tigers target fourth straight win over Manly

Wests Tigers and Manly Sea Eagles - both equipped with new head coaches for 2019 - square off in the opening round of the new NRL season at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

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