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.
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.
|Roger Tuivasa-Sheck||1||1||Tom Trbojevic|
|David Fusitua||2||2||Matthew Wright|
|Blake Ayshford||3||3||Dylan Walker|
|Solomone Kata||4||4||Brian Kelly|
|Ken Maumalo||5||5||Akuila Uate|
|Kieran Foran||6||6||Blake Green|
|Shaun Johnson||7||7||Daly Cherry-Evans|
|Ben Matulino||8||8||Darcy Lussick|
|Issac Luke||9||9||Apisai Koroisau|
|Sam Lisone||10||10||Martin Taupau|
|Bunty Afoa||11||11||Frank Winterstein|
|Ryan Hoffman||12||12||Shaun Lane|
|Simon Mannering||13||13||Jake Trbojevic|
|Ata Hingano||14||14||Lewis Brown|
|Charlie Gubb||15||15||Lloyd Perrett|
|Isaiah Papali’i||16||16||Brenton Lawrence|
|Jazz Tevaga||17||17||Addin Fonua-Blake|
|Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad||18||18||Jarrad Kennedy|
|Tevita Satae||19||19||Cameron Cullen|
|James Bell||20||20||Jackson Hastings|
|Mason Lino||21||21||Taniela 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.
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.
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