Sat, May 11, 4:20am by Rob Sheeley
Match: Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters – NRL Round 9
When/Where: 7:00pm Monday, 13 May 2013 at Brookvale Oval
AUD $200 Free Bet: www.Bet365.com
In the immortal words of the late great Whitney Houston, the NRL in Round 9 has “gone and saved the best for last”. Third place takes on fourth place in a clear match of the round.
The Sea Eagles managed to defeat the Dragons last Monday despite a raft of injuries and suspensions forcing changes to their line up. The Manly side showed they had enough tenacity and depth to hang on in a tight situation.
The fourth placed Sea Eagles are currently $7 to win the title this year. They should be boosted by the return of international centre Steve Matai this week.
The Roosters racked up their third big win in succession last weekend and really are on the crest of a wave. If there is a question mark on the Roosters, it is their form against the top teams. This will be their chance to confirm their credentials against such competition.
The Roosters are $6 to win the title in 2013 and are currently in third place on the ladder.
The Sea Eagles welcome back Steve Matai from a one week suspension. His return forces Tom Symonds back to the bench. Brett Stewart has been named in the side but scans have ruled him out for a month. The Sea Eagles are yet to name a replacement but Jorge Tafua was an able replacement when Stewart left the field last week.
1. Brett Stewart
2. Jorge Taufua
3. Jamie Lyon (c)
4. Steve Matai
5. David Williams
6. Kieran Foran
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Brenton Lawrence
9. Matt Ballin
10. Brent Kite
11. Anthony Watmough
12. Justin Horo
13. Glenn Stewart
14. James Hasson
15. Tom Symonds
16. Jamie Buhrer
17. George Rose
20. Esi Tonga
The Sea Eagles survived some anxious moments last week to eventually overcome the Dragons and register another victory.
After appearing to be dominant in the first half and going to the break leading 18-4, the Sea Eagles let the Dragons back into the match. Late in the game the Dragons had clawed back to make it 18-18 before Manly found something and scored a match winning try. It was a tough victory with the Sea Eagles missing players via suspension and injury.
Prior to that, in Round 7, the Sea Eagles were involved in this season’s most physical encounter. Their match with the Rabbitohs was played at a frenetic pace and featured hard hitting galore. The Rabbitohs prevailed to win 20-12 on a night where not much went right for Manly.
The Round 7 encounter will be remembered for the foul play as much as anything else. The Sea Eagles were predominantly the perpetrators in this respect and it certainly didn’t help their winning chances.
In Round 6, they staved off a late charge from the Sharks to prevail by seven points (25-18). They showed great resilience and composure to hang on to the lead in that match.
Make no mistake that the Sea Eagles are a top contender for the premiership title in 2013. A superb combination of youth and experience sits them in good stead and the proof is showing in their results. The Manly side showed that they have some depth and fight last Monday and will look to continue their form here.
The Roosters have lost Sam Moa for this game with a knee injury. Martin Kennedy comes into the starting team with Frank-Paul Nuuausala coming onto the bench.
1. Anthony Minichiello (c)
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Michael Jennings
4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
6. James Maloney
7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Jake Friend
10. Martin Kennedy
11. Mitchell Aubusson
12. Sonny Bill Williams
13. Boyd Cordner
14. Daniel Mortimer
15. Frank-Paul Nuuausala
16. Aidan Guerra
17. Luke O’Donnell
The Roosters were again back to their clinical best last week when they disposed of the Panthers with consummate ease in a 30-6 victory. They have proven so far this season that they are capable of putting away teams that are not up to the top standard. Their biggest test lies in their matches against top four candidates like the ones they face this Monday.
Back in Round 7, the Roosters used the ANZAC day clash with the Dragons to put a huge exclamation mark on just how capable they are this season. They mean business; they boast a tough defensive unit with a plethora of attacking arsenal.
They wasted no time in establishing their dominance and the game was over before half time. It was a further sign of the way their season is developing and possibly a sign of things to come. They won the game 34-10.
In Round 6 against the Bulldogs they produced arguably their best performance of the season. The Roosters coupled their attacking prowess with flawless defence to defeat the Bulldogs 38-0.
The Roosters only blemish in recent times was a loss to the Raiders in Canberra in Round 5. After seemingly having the match won, the Roosters allowed the Raiders back into the match and lost in the dying minutes.
This game offers the Roosters a huge opportunity to show how good they are. There is no doubting that they are as good as anyone in the competition but they need to execute that brilliance against the best. This may well be another stepping stone in their road to becoming a great team.
For the Roosters this game is a matter of putting the skills into practice they have exhibited against the lower placed sides so far this season. Against a side like the Sea Eagles there is much less room for error. There is no question over the Roosters ability, it’s moreso whether or not they can do it on the big stage.
Sonny Bill Williams takes on Anthony Watmough in what should be a show case of two of the games best back rowers. One an agile ball playing skill based type with the other a tough and uncompromising enforcer.
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The magic Manly half pairing of Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran take on what many believe is a possible New South Wales halves combination in Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney. This alone is worth the price of admission.
Two of the NRL’s most exciting young wingers also clash in this match. The Roosters try scoring machine Roger Tuivasa-Sheck up against the exciting Sea Eagle Jorge Taufua. We are sure to see some brilliance from both of them during the match.
Head to Head
Sea Eagles – $2.12
Roosters – $1.75
Sea Eagles 1-12 – $3.70
Sea Eagles 13+ – $4.30
Roosters 1-12 – $3.35
Roosters 13+ – $3.40
Sea Eagles +2.5 – $1.91
Roosters -2.5 – $1.91
On paper these sides are as close as it gets. I am leaning to the Sea Eagles based on experience as a team and the Fortress Brookvale factor.
Sea Eagles by 8
I’m taking Manly $2.12 head to head with Bet365.com. With the Sea Eagles outsiders in this match there is some good value.
For an even better result, the Sea Eagles 1-12 is $3.70.
I have gone for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as the first try scorer at $11.
For an extreme return the First Try Scorer/Margin Bet of Tuivasa-Sheck/Manly 1-12 is at the huge odds of $47.
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