Round 8 Preview: Sea Eagles v Knights

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights.
Venue: Lottoland.
Date: Friday, April 27th.
Time: 6:00pm.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Matthew Wright, 3 Dylan Walker, 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 Jack Gosiewski, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Taniela Paseka
Reserves: 18 Frank Winterstein, 19 Jonathan Wright, 20 Thomas Wright, 21 Toafofoa Sipley

Newcastle Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Ken Sio, 3 Sione Mata'utia, 4 Nathan Ross, 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6 Connor Watson, 7 Jack Cogger, 8 Herman Ese'ese, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Daniel Saifiti, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Aidan Guerra (c), 13 Mitchell Barnett
Interchange: 14 Jamie Buhrer (c), 15 Chris Heighington, 16 Luke Yates, 17 Jacob Saifiti
Reserves: 18 Cory Denniss, 19 Josh King, 20 Brock Lamb, 21 Jacob Lillyman

Game Preview.
We have an interesting game on our hands this arvo, a tough one to predict in my opinion! It all comes down to which Manly will turn up!

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have some serious off field dramas and it resulted in a loss to Parramatta last week, and a big loss, straight after a flogging by the Tigers at home. There are some serious issues going on at Manly, and they need to be fixed real quick if they are to fight for the top 8 again. We all know Manly are a top 8 team when they have it together, but that’s the issue, they don’t have it together, and they need to get it going as early as this week. Lucky for them, they return back to Lottoland and host the Newcastle Knights who have lost Mitchell Pearce for possibly the season!

As mentioned above, the Knights have lost their star signing for quite possibly the season, and this is in my opinion one of the biggest player losses any team in the NRL can have. The Knights turned things around last week against the Tigers, but it came at the cost of their star signing in Mitchell Pearce. They will now be forced to play two young halves together, something that didn’t work for them last year which resulted in the Mitchell Pearce signing. Already most of us fans have called it season over for Newcastle, but let’s see what the Knights can do!

Key Match Ups.

Match Up #1: Tom Trbojevic vs Kalyn Ponga.

We have the two young gun fullbacks! Tommy Turbo has hit another level in his career form and is playing for the NSW #1 jersey. A few rough weeks for Manly, watch this kid fire! I’m calling a double for Tommy Turbo.

Kalyn Ponga.... what a superstar he has been! One of the best signings of the year, and a true game changer for the Knights. Without Pearce the pressure is on the young kid but! What can he produce?!

Match Up #2: Joel Thompson vs Lachlan Fitzgibbon.

Two of my favourite players to watch this season! Joel Thompson has been quite the dangerous player this year so far, and he’s really given the Sea Eagles some serious attacking power down his side.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon on the other hand is the young gun second rower that’s taking the NRL by storm. He’s by far one of the best young gun forwards in the game, and he has the ability to give the Knights a much needed booster when needed.

Match Up #3: Jake Trbojevic vs Mitchell Barnett.

This is going to be one of my favourite match ups for sure! Jakey T is quite possibly the best back rower in the NRL, and he seems to be the only one keeping Manly together right now! Watch for a massive game by him.

Mitch Barnett, what an animal he is! He hasn’t been quite the 2017 Barnett we saw last season, but he’s by far still a big impact, and I don’t give it to much longer before he starts finding his feet again. Don’t be surprised if this game is the kick in the butt for Barnett.

Stonecold’s Prediction: Manly by 4.
Manly need a win, and I think the players know that. The loss of Pearce will hurt the Knights game management dramatically, and with how desperate Manly are to fix this mess up, I see Manly getting the win at home.



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