The Manly Sea Eagles host the New Zealand Warriors at home on Friday in a clash with plenty at stake.
The Sea Eagles currently sit ninth on the ladder and risk losing touch with the top eight if they don’t reverse their poor recent form. While the Warriors are most likely out of finals contention, their six point win over the Tigers last week proved they'll be no walk overs for the remainder of 2020.
Sea Eagles Form & Team News
The Sea Eagles were riding high winning three of four games after the resumption of competition, however, since losing Tom Trbojevic they have lost four of six games.
After challenging the competitions top teams earlier in the season, Des Hasler’s men have struggled to bounce back despite the fantastic form of monster prop Addin Fonua-Blake.
Tevita Funa replaces Brad Parker (concussion) at centre, while the inform Cade Cust returns to five-eighth for Dylan Walker (foot).
The Manly Sea Eagles team for Friday can be found below:
1. Brendan Elliott 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Tevita Funa 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Haumole Olakau'atu 19. Abbas Miski 20. Morgan Boyle 21. Albert Hopoate
Warriors Form & Team News
Against all odds, the New Zealand Warriors have played some of their best football in the last two weeks, challenging competition favourites Sydney Roosters before breaking through for a well deserved victory against the West Tigers last week.
Down by eight points early against the Tigers, the Warriors pack dominated their opposition in the middle to record a strong 24-18 victory.
Chanel Harris-Tevita replaces Blake Green at five-eighth following his med-season release to the Knights.
The New Zealand Warriors team for Friday can be found below:
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Adam Pompey 4. Peta Hiku 5. George Jennings 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Lachlan Burr 18. Isaiah Papali'i 20. Adam Keighran 21.Jack Murchie 22. Gerard Beale
Sea Eagles vs Warriors Head To Head
The Sea Eagles have dominated the Warriors winning 22 of 32 head-to-head matches.
Despite the Sea Eagles domination, both sides have gone blow for blow failing to win back-to-back games in their last four head-to-head matches.
Sea Eagles vs Warriors Betting Odds
The Sea Eagles are the solid $1.22 favourites heading into Friday night with the Warriors the $4.25 outsiders.
Punters wanting to take Manly at the line are conceding -12.
Sea Eagles vs Warriors Match Up
There aren’t many front-row pairings as intimidating as Sea Eagles pair Addin Fonua-Blake and Martin Tapau, but it is up to the inexperienced Warriors forwards Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and Jack Hetherington to stand up to the Kiwi internationals.
Addin Fonua-Blake is viewed as one of the most dominant props in the game after producing his best season yet, however, Taunoa-Brown and loan player Hetherington have been massive this season, holding their own against some of the games best players.
Hetherington drew competition-wide praise after going toe-to-toe with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves two weeks back and will have to produce something similar this weekend if his team are to challenge the tough Sea Eagles pack.
Sea Eagles vs Warriors Key Stats
- The last four games between these teams has gone over the total match points line
- The Warriors haven’t won a match in Sydney since May 17, 2019
- The Sea Eagles have won 22 of 32 games against the Warriors