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New Zealand Warriors vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles: Lineups, Preview & Prediction

Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday 27th August, 2:00pm AEST.


Overview

Only two games remain in the regular season but Manly are still in need of points to secure a place in the top eight. 

The Sea Eagles will head to New Zealand desperate for a win after a shock loss to the Bulldogs in a game where they were totally outplayed. A loss to the Warriors could see them slip out of the top eight with only one game to play.

The Warriors’ chances of a finals place have long gone but they will be keen to bow out with a win in their final home game.

Recent Meetings

2017 – Rd 17 – Manly 26 def. Warriors 22 at NIB Stadium

2016 – Rd 19 – Manly 15 def. Warriors 14 at NIB Stadium

2016 – Rd 6 – Manly 34 def. Warriors 18 at Mt Smart Stadium

2015 – Rd 20 – Manly 32 def. Warriors 12 at Mt Smart Stadium

2014 – Rd 20 – Manly 22 def. Warriors 12 at Mt Smart Stadium

Manly have won the last five meetings between the sides including the last three at the Mt Smart Stadium. The Sea Eagles edged the Kiwi outfit 26-22 in round 17 of this season.

Selected Teams

Warriors  Eagles
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck11Tom Trbojevic
David Fusitua22Matthew Wright
Blake Ayshford33Dylan Walker
Solomone Kata44Brian Kelly
Ken Maumalo55Akuila Uate
Kieran Foran66Blake Green
Shaun Johnson77Daly Cherry-Evans
Ben Matulino88Darcy Lussick
Issac Luke99Apisai Koroisau
Sam Lisone1010Martin Taupau
Bunty Afoa1111Frank Winterstein
Ryan Hoffman1212Shaun Lane
Simon Mannering1313Jake Trbojevic
 INTERCHANGE 
Ata Hingano1414Lewis Brown
Charlie Gubb1515Lloyd Perrett
Isaiah Papali’i1616Brenton Lawrence
Jazz Tevaga1717Addin Fonua-Blake
 RESERVES 
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad1818Jarrad Kennedy
Tevita Satae1919Cameron Cullen
James Bell2020Jackson Hastings
Mason Lino2121Taniela Paseka

 

The Facts That Matter

New Zealand Warriors

The Warriors welcome back the inspirational Shaun Johnson from a knee injury but they only have pride left to play for. Even if they pick up maximum points it won’t be enough for a place in the finals. 

A win for the under-performing team will help to ease some of the pressure on the side who hasn’t lived up to expectations once again in 2017.

Manly Sea Eagles

It is only a little while ago that Manly were flying up the ladder but they now find themselves in a form slump and locked in a battle to hang onto their place in the finals.

The Sea Eagles have lost to lowly opposition for two weeks in a row, with Wests Tigers claiming their scalp before a defeat to Canterbury last weekend. Poor defending has been their Achilles heel and that will have to improve in order to extend their 2017 campaign.

Prediction

The Sea Eagles seem the logical choice in this contest given their recent record and the fact that they have a lot more to play for.

But with the return of Johnson boosting the Warriors, they may just have enough to overcome an out-of-form Manly side. Warriors by 6.

Who will take the two competition points in this huge clash, the Warriors or the Sea Eagles? Let us know in the comments and poll below.

  1. Poll: Who will take the two competition points in this huge clash, the Warriors or the Sea Eagles?

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    2. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
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Tom Stratton

I'm a Tennis coach and a full on Cronulla Sharks fan. I love football and support Juventus aswell as playing on weekends. I'm crazy about sport and never shy about sharing my opinions about it.

New Zealand Warriors vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles: Lineups, Preview & Prediction

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