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Ryan Tucker 08 Jun 2023
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  • Manly Sea Eagles vs Dolphins predictions for Friday’s NRL game (20:00 AEST)
  • Manly have lost 4 of their last 5 games at 4 Pines Park
  • Can Wayne Bennett extend his winning streak over Anthony Siebold?
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Manly Sea Eagles vs Dolphins Tips


The Dolphins make their first trip to the Sydney region since round 5. Neither team have shown signs of brilliance over the past month and despite Manly losing four of their last five games at home they head into this game as favourites. 
  • Manly Sea Eagles vs Dolphins Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Manly Sea Eagles Form
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team News
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team List
  • Dolphins Form
  • Dolphins Team News
  • Dolphins Team List

The Dolphins have covered at the third highest rate of any team this year and I am backing them to even do so this weekend. 

  • In 6 games as underdogs of 8 or more points, the Dolphins have covered 4 times, winning 3 outright.
  • Manly have allowed an average of 21 points to their opponents across their last 4 games at 4 Pines Park.
  • Dolphins have split their games away from home this year 3-3 and have covered the line in 4 of those. 
  • Manly have allowed 9 tries to wingers in their last 4 games.

Head to Head 


This is the first meeting between Manly and the Dolphins. Wayne Bennett holds a 5-1 advantage over Anthony Siebold in their rival games as head coaches.

Manly Sea Eagles Form


Manly enjoyed their second bye of the season in round 14 following a string of losses going four out of five since round 9. 

Their most recent game in round 13 was a loss to Newcastle 28-18. In a game where Manly were missing their Origin stars their attack was left lacking with no shape or structure in their attacking zone.

Manly Sea Eagles Team News


Tom Trbojevic has been cleared to play following a concussion, Kaeo Weekes falls out of the 22.

Brad Parker has been ruled out with injury forcing a backline reshuffle with Reuben Garrick moving to the centres and Christian Tuipulotu being named on the wing. 

Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Aloiai have both been included following Manly’s Round 14 bye.

Manly Sea Eagles Team List


1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Jason Saab
3. Tolu Koula
4. Reuben Garrick
5. Christian Tuipulotu
6. Josh Schuster
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Taniela Paseka
9. Lachlan Croker
10. Toafofoa Sipley
11. Haumole Olakau’atu
12. Samuela Fainu
13. Sean Keppie

Interchange

14. Karl Lawton
15. Josh Aloiai
16. Ethan Bullemor
17. Ben Condon

Reserves

18. Kaeo Weekes
19. Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega
20. Jake Arthur
21. Dean Matterson
22. Gordon Chan Kum Tong

Dolphins Form


The Dolphins have won only one of three since their bye in round 11 and last week's 30-8 loss against the Warriors was another uncharacteristic defensive performance pushing them down to 12th in opposition points scored this season. 

A shining light in the loss though was the Dolphins ability to kick themselves out of trouble, dominating the kicking metres as well as bombs and grubbers.

Dolphins Team News


Jarrod Wallace and Anthony Milford will both miss this week’s game to suspension. Forward Tom Gilbert is out long term following a shoulder injury.

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Jeremy Marshall-King both return to the Dolphins line up following Origin and injury with Kodi Nikorima slotting straight into Milfords vacant 6 jumper. 

Dolphins Team List


1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
2. Jamayne Isaako
3. Euan Aitken 
4. Brenko Lee
5. Tesi Niu
6. Kodi Nikorima
7. Isaiya Katoa
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Jeremy Marshall-King
10. Poasa Faamausili
11. Kenny Bromwich
12. Connelly Lemuelu
13. Ray Stone

Interchange

14. Herman Ese'ese
15. Mark Nicholls
16. Kurt Donoghoe
17. Valynce Te Whare

Reserves

18. Max Plath 
19. Jack Bostock
20. JJ Collins
21. Robert Jennings
22. Oliver Gildart

Verdict

Whilst the Sea Eagles have the strike power in Tommy Turbo and Daly Cherry-Evans they are so wildly inconsistent that you never know which team will turn up. 

I am banking on them not turning up in this game and for the Dolphins to slip a few early tries in down the edges to take the wind out of the Manly sails. If the Dolphins win it will be close, if Manly win probably a blow out. Isaako to score either way.

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