Sat, Apr 12, 3:49pm by Clarinda Campbell
Match: Manly Sea Eagles vs. Cronulla Sharks – NRL Round 6
When/Where: 3:00pm, Sunday April 13 at Brookvale Oval
AUD $100 Free Bet: www.IASbet.com
AFTER a slip up last week, the Manly Sea Eagles will be desperate to get back among the winners’ list when they face Cronulla on Sunday.
The Sea Eagles slipped went down in an upset against the Wests Tigers, while across in the Shire, Cronulla scored its first win of the season, demolishing the Warriors.
Cronulla now needs to travel to Manly’s fortress and the Sharks will find it tough against a Sea Eagles side which will be out to prove a point after last week’s loss.
Geoff Toovey’s side is returning to some normalcy, with both Stewart boys back. James Hasson also returns on the bench.
1. Brett Stewart
2. Peta Hiku
3. Jamie Lyon (c)
4. Steve Matai
5. David Williams
6. Kieran Foran
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Josh Starling
9. Matt Ballin
10. Brenton Lawrence
11. Anthony Watmough
12. Justin Horo
13. Glenn Stewart
14. James Hasson
15. Dunamis Lui
16. Jamie Buhrer
17. Jason King
18. Jesse Sene-Lefao
Manly lost in an upset against the Wests Tigers last week and only scored its first points after 40 minutes of play. Prior to the upset last week, the Sea Eagles had won three of their matches, including wins against South Sydney and the Roosters.
Jeff Robson returned to the side last week for the Shark’s first win of the season. The only change this week is that Peter Sharpmhas moved Chris Heighington to lock and Tinirau Arona has moved to the bench. There is some concern that Todd Carney may not start due to illness.
1. Michael Gordon
2. Nathan Stapleton
3. Blake Ayshford
4. Ricky Leutele
5. Jono Wright
6. Todd Carney
7. Jeff Robson
8. Andrew Fifita
9. Josh Morris
10. Bryce Gibbs
11. Tupou Sopoaga
12. Wade Graham
13. Chris Heighington
14. Isaac De Gois
15. Tinirau Arona
16. Sam Tagataese
17. Siosaia Vave
The Sharks have had a woeful start to the season, losing their first four games and starting round six on the bottom of the competition ladder. The Sharks finally recorded a win last week and it was fairly emphatic. They defeated the Warriors 37-6 before a home crowd and winger Nathan Stapleton scored four tries. The return of Jeff Robson at half-back gave the Shark some much-needed guidance around the field and long-suffering Sharks fans will be hoping last week’s win will now set them on the winning path for the remainder of the season.
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Brett Stewart had a poor game on return against the Tigers and is sure to improve on that performance. He will add a bit to the Manly attacking game. Jamie Lyon continues to play well in the centres and he will be key for the Eagles once again.
Jeff Robson appeared to be a missing part of the Shark’s puzzle last week and with him back in place, the Sharks were a much more organised side. The Sharks also look to have the superior forward pack, headed by Andrew Fifita.
Manly has beaten sides the calibre of Souths and the Roosters so far this year and look to be too good for a Sharks side with four losses against its name so far this season. The Sharks also have a poor overall head-to-head record against Manly and a poor record at Brookvale.
Prediction – Manly by 10.
Sea Eagles – $1.27 with IASbet.com and Sportsbet ($1.22 with Sportingbet and Centrebet)
Sharks – $3.90
Manly is the clear favourite in the head-to-head betting at short odds of $1.27. You may want to look to other betting markets for a better return.
Sea Eagles 1-12 – $3.05 with Centrebet.com and Sportingbet ($2.90 with Sportsbet and IASbet)
Sea Eagles 13+ – $1.95
Sharks 1-12 – $6.00
Sharks 13+ – $12.00
The betting currently indicates that punters think Manly will win by more than 13 points. As such, there is value around in the 1-12 margin betting market for Manly. The predicted margin is 10 points.
Sea Eagles -12 – $1.92
Sharks +12 $1.92 with IASbet.com
You may want to consider backing the Sharks in this market if you agree with the predicted 10 point margin to Manly. The Sharks have been given a 12 point head-start in the handicap market.
Steve Matai has been scoring well this year and he looks a good option at $2.10 with IASbet and Sportsbet ($1.75 with Sportingbet and Centrebet) to score a try for Manly at any time during the game.
If you want to back a Sharks player to score, consider Andrew Fifita. He proved last year that he could score a few and he will be charging through the defence close to the line. He is $4.50 with Sportsbet and IASbet ($4.00 with Centrebet and Sportingbet) to score at any time during the game.
Manly to win by the exact margin of 10 points is $19.00 with IASbet.com and Sportsbet ($15.00 with Centrebet and Sportingbet).
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