Round 4 Previews: Sea Eagles vs Raiders

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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Canberra Raiders 
Lottoland 
Saturday 31st of March 
7.35pm NSW 6:35pm QLD 9:35pm NZ 

Sea Eagles: 
1 Tom Trbojevic
2 Matthew Wright
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 Lewis Brown, 19 Thomas Wright, 20 Frank Winterstein, 21 Jack Gosiewski 

Raiders: 
1 Jack Wighton
2 Nick Cotric
3 Jarrod Croker (c)
4 Joseph Leilua
5 Jordan Rapana
6 Aiden Sezer
7 Sam Williams
8 Iosia Soliola
9 Siliva Havili
10 Shannon Boyd
11 Josh Papalii
12 Elliott Whitehead
13 Luke Bateman 

Interchange: 14 Ata Hingano, 15 Junior Paulo, 16 Dunamis Lui, 17 Joseph Tapine 

Reserves: 18 Liam Knight, 19 Blake Austin, 20 Michael Oldfield, 21 Jack Murchie

This will be Manly's first game after the club was fined for salary cap breaches, but due to the slap on the wrist from the NRL the side shouldn't be too affected like teams in the past as they haven't lost any competition points. As for Canberra they just need to put together an 80 minute performance instead of a 70 min performance. Sitting down the bottom of the ladder and 15th they have a point differential of -5 after the first three losses. Put that in comparison there are sides that have won two out of the their first three matches and have a points differential that is also negative but in double digits.

The forwards
when it comes to big men in the props Manly and the Raiders take the cake. Both sides possess some absolute monsters that are key in getting their side on the front foot and this battle may come down to how well the respective coaches rotate their big men. 

Koroisau vs Havilii
both of these men have enjoyed ok starts this season from their own point of view, playing behind these monster packs that can get a quick play the ball going and producing some good runs out of dummy half but it'll be their defence that will be key in this match up. Both men will need to lift their side through the middle of the field when it comes to defense, something neither done last week. 

DCE against himself
its safe to say when DCE play's well there's a good chance Manly win, but after this cap that drama that has come out and his name has been drag through the mud due to receiving illegal payments how will his head space be heading into this match? The bonus of Manly being at home this week will be huge so we will have the home crowd on his side, but if any of this cap drama does effect him we've already seen this year in the NRL that if you're not on your game hundred percent your side will be blown off the field.

Prediction: 
Expecting Manly to get up in a close one. Manly 1-6.

-Boom 

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