Sunday, August 11, 2013
Manly Sea Eagles vs NZ Warriors
Manly take this home game to the people of Gosford and to Bluetongue Stadium.
Manly will arrive will in rare form, having won their past five games by an average winning margin of 26.4 points.
Admittedly, none of their past five wins were against teams in the eight and the streak did include two matches against last placed Parramatta however, the past month has given Manly confidence heading into the tail of the season and placed them well inside the top four.
They’ve named a full strength side and it’ll take every bit of Manly’s best roster as they take on a New Zealand who, sitting one win outside of the eight, are desperate for a win.
New Zealand had won four of five, including wins over the Roosters and Storm when hosting the Sharks last week at Mount Smart.
The Sharks were more consistent throughout the match and survived a late surge to register an 18 – 14 win.
Only a few simple errors and poor decision at crucial moments, were the difference between a loss and win last week for the Warriors but a part of the game that will have to be eradicated if they are to leave with the win here.
Historically, there has been little between these two sides. Only two points separated them when they met back in round 13 of this year with the Warriors victors and the game before that, it was a similar margin to Manly.
Sitting on the same competition points as Gold Coast, the Warriors can not risk a loss here however, Manly have a full head of steam and should prove too strong if albeit just.