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Cronulla Sharks vs Manly Sea Eagles Tips - Sharks take second bite out of the Sea Eagles

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Ryan Tucker 22 Jul 2023
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  • Cronulla Sharks vs Manly Sea Eagles predictions for Sunday’s NRL game (16:05 AEST)
  • The Sharks have won 4 of the last 5 games against Manly with an average margin of 17.5 points
  • Will Manly be able to contain the Cronulla attack?
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Cronulla Sharks vs Manly Sea Eagles Predictions


One for the sandgropers here with the Southern beaches against the Northern Beaches. Neither team has been impressive of late against any type of quality opponent. So the real question here is whether or not either of these two teams could be classed as quality? 
  • Cronulla Sharks vs Manly Sea Eagles Predictions
  • Head to Head 
  • Cronulla Sharks Form
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • Manly Sea Eagles Form
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team News
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team List

In any case I don't believe Manly are as good as Cronulla and considering Manly currently sit outside the 8 it is mentally reassuring for the Sharks who have won eight from nine against bottom 8 teams. 

Add to that how dismal Manly have been as underdogs between 6-10 points over the past two years I'm siding with the Sharkies. 

  • Cronulla have won 9 straight games covering in 7, as favourites of between 6-10 points.
  • Manly have only won 2 of 7 games since 2021 as underdogs of between 6-10 points. 
  • 4 of the last 6 games between Sharks and Sea Eagles has gone OVER the total. 
  • The Sea Eagles left hand side defence has conceded 49% of opposition tries in 2023. Jesse Ramien plays on that side of the field and scored in their round 11 game earlier this year.

Head to Head 


Cronulla hold a slight edge on the head to head numbers winning 4-2 over the last six regular season games played against Manly since 2019. 

Manly’s last win came during the covid affected 2021 season with a 40-22 win at Suncorp Stadium.

The previous meeting of these two teams in Round 11 this year went to the Sharks 20-14.

Cronulla Sharks Form


The Sharks currently sit 6th on the NRL ladder despite only winning one of six games against current top 8 opponents. 

Last week’s outing against the Warriors was one of the poorest defensive displays that the Sharks have produced in recent years forcing coach Craig Fitzgibbon to shuffle his squad.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


Following a horrendous defensive performance against the Warriors, Matt Moylan has been dropped with Braydon Trindall coming in at five-eighth. Connor Tracey will start at centre with Siosifa Talakai coming off the bench. 

Captain Dale Finucane returns from suspension at lock which sees Cam McInnes move back to the bench.

Back-row pair Teig Wilton and Wade Graham will both miss a few weeks, Jesse Colquhuon moves into the starting side as a replacement. 

Cronulla Sharks Team List


1. William Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Jesse Ramien
4. Connor Tracey
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Braydon Trindall
7. Nicho Hynes
8. Oregon Kaufusi
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Toby Rudolf
11. Briton Nikora
12. Jesse Colquhuon
13. Dale Finucane

Interchange

14. Cameron McInnes
15. Siosifa Talakai
16. Jack Williams
17. Tom Hazelton

Reserves

18. Kayal Iro
19. Mawene Hiroti
20. Royce Hunt
21. Daniel Atkinson
22. Tuku Hau Tapuha

Manly Sea Eagles Form


Since their round 14 bye the Sea Eagles have been nothing but inconsistent. 

They came out the blocks firing in round 15, smashing the Dolphins 58-18. They then followed that performance up with two consecutive single score games, being totally outclassed by their opponents Parramatta (34-4) and Melbourne (24-6). 

A slight reprieve before their final bye in round 19 just getting on top of the Roosters before again being held to single digits against the Cowboys last week. 

Manly Sea Eagles Team News


Matt Lodge is named on bench following a mid-season switch from the Roosters, Sean Keppie is also included in the 17. 

Toafofoa Sipley and Ethan Bullemor drop out of the side, Ben Trbojevic and Karl Lawton are still out with injuries. 

Manly Sea Eagles Team List


1. Reuben Garrick
2. Jason Saab
3. Brad Parker
4. Tolutau Koula
5. Christian Tuipulotu
6. Josh Schuster
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Taniela Paseka
9. Lachlan Croker
10. Josh Aloiai
11. Haumole Olakau’atu
12. Kelma Tuilagi
13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

14. Dean Matterson
15. Aaron Woods
16. Sean Keppie
17. Matt Lodge

Reserves

18. Ethan Bullemor
19. Jake Arthur
20. Toafofoa Sipley
21. Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega
22. Gordon Chan Kum Tong

Verdict

Cronulla have been atrocious against top caliber teams but have absolutely dusted everyone else. Manly are everyone else so expect the Sharks to get their second win of the year over their coastal counterparts with Jesse Ramien crossing for another four pointer.
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