Round 2 Preview: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels
Sunday 18th March
4:10pm (NSW), 3:10pm (QLD), 6:10pm (NZ)

1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Jorge Taufua
3. Brad Parker
4. Brian Kelly
5. Akuila Uate
6. Lachlan Croker
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. Jackson Hastings, 15. Shaun Lane, 16. Lloyd Perrett, 17. Kelepi Tanginoa

Reserves: 18. Matthew Wright, 19. Lewis Brown, 20. Jack Gosiewski, 21. Frank Winterstein

1. Bevan French
2. Josh Hoffman
3. Michael Jennings
4. Jarryd Hayne
5. Kirisome Auva’a
6. Corey Norman
7. Mitch Moses
8. Tim Mannah (c)
9. Cameron King
10. Daniel Alvaro
11. Manu Ma’u
12. Tepai Moeroa
13. Nathan Brown

Interchange: 14. Beau Scott (c), 15. Brad Takairangi, 16. Suaia Matagi, 17. Kane Evans

Reserves: 18. William Smith, 19. Kenneth Edwards, 20. David Gower, 21. Kaysa Pritchard.

Game Preview: 

Both teams showed moments of brilliance in Round 1, however they both fell short in the end. The Eels got off to a flying start against the Panthers, however a lackluster second half saw the Eels concede 24 unanswered points. The Sea Eagles on the other hand were hot and cold in their Golden Point loss to the new look Knights side.

This game could be one of the more entertaining matches this round with both clubs having something to prove and with quality match-ups all over the park, Look for a fast paced exciting game.

Key Match-Ups: Daly Cherry-Evans v Mitchell Moses:
Both Halves looked exceptional in Round 1, however they both play a simmilar style of footy to one another. Moses likes to control the tempo of the game and thrives off playing off the back of the Eels forward pack. Cherry-Evans is much the same, The Eels have a very strong and mobile forward pack led by Jake Trbojevic so look to see Cherry-Evans sniffing around the ruck for some second phase play as he tries to create something.

Tom Trbojevic v Bevan French:
Trbojevic was unlucky not to get a call into Blues camp last season after coming back from an injury, So you can expect big things from the young Fullback this season, However the man he is coming up against in Bevan French is no slouch at the back.

Both Fullbacks run the ball exceptionally off the back of a kick as well as always finding themselves in good position both in attack and defence to help their side. This match-up will be exciting to watch however I see the Manly Fullback getting the edge in this match-up.

I see the Manly side getting off to an early start putting pressure on the Eels to try and follow up with the comeback. I believe the Manly forwards will win the battle in the middle, Allowing Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic to cause all sorts of trouble for the Eels. I believe Manly will get the job done by 10 points.

- Fewy


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