Round 3 Preview: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly Sea Eagles


South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly Sea Eagles
Saturday 24th March
ANZ Stadium
5:30pm NSW, 4:30 QLD, 7:30 NZ

Rabbitohs:

1. Alex Johnston
2. Richard Kennar
3. Greg Inglis
4. Dane Gagai
5. Robert Jennings
6. Cody Walker
7. Adam Doueihi
8. Thomas Burgess

9. Damian Cook
10. Sam Burgess
11. John Sutton
12. Angus Crichton
13. Cameron Murray

Interchange:

14. Tyrell Fuimaono
15. Mark Nicholls
16. George Burgess
17. Tevita Tatola

Reserves:

18. Robbie Farrah
20.Braidon Burns

Sea Eagles:

1. Tom Trbojovic
2. Jorge Tafua
3. Brad Parker
4. Brian Kelly
5. Akuila Uate
6. Lachlan Croker
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Addin Fonua-Blake
9. Apisai Koroisau
10. Martin Taupau
11. Joel Thompson
12. Curtis Sironen
13. Jake Trbojevic 

Interchange: 

14. Jackson Hastins
15. Shaun Lane
16. Lloyd Perrett
17. Kalepi Tanginoa

Reserves: 

18. Matthew Wright
20. Frank Winterstein

The second game on Saturday is the first of the double headers at ANZ Stadium between the South Sydney Rabbitohs up against a red hot Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. 

Souths are yet to win this year whilst Manly I coming off a 54 mil rubbing of the eels as they aim the two wins in a row. This match will be a mouth watering contests between the big man in both sides, with the home side having the Burgess trio, Crichton and young gun Cam Murray going toe to toe with the Hulk like Taupau leading the pack, Fonua-Blake and Jake Trbojevic there in support with the monster among men Kelepi Tanginoa coming off the bench. 

Both sides will be out to get the early momentum, with both benches ability to pack a punch that early momentum in the forwards will be a key in this match up. The battle of the hookers will be an interesting one as Damien Cook was arguably Souths best player last round and for Manly Api Koroisau has already been touted as a future origin player by coach Trent Barrett. 

I expect both these players to carve up the middle as the forwards from either side get tired and after both scored tries last week it wouldn't surprise me if they both crossed the line again this weekend.

Both sides started like a bull out of a gate last week, for Manly Daily Cherry-Evans was able to make the most of it and keep his sides foot on the throat we're as the inexperience of Doueihi in his first NRL game allowed Penrith back into the match something that you would think Adam Reynolds wouldn't have done. 

For South Sydney to have a chance in this they need to start just as fast as last week and limit the amount of possession Daly Cherry-Evans gets in the attacking Red Zone otherwise we could see Manly blow a second side of the field in as many weeks. 

Prediction: 
I've got Manly winning this quite comfortably though not as as comfortable as last week. South will put up a fight but the experience of DCE should get Manly over the over the line quite comfortable and that's without mentioning Tom Trbojevic yet. Manly 13+

-Boom

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