Match Preview: NRL Round 1 vs. Manly

Match Preview: NRL Round 1 vs. Manly

Wests Tigers will look to secure back-to-back wins to start 2016 when they take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in their Round 2 clash Leichhardt Oval.

With a strong Monday night record at the suburban ground, the home side head into the clash welcoming the return of Luke Brooks and Dene Halatau from suspension.

Their inclusions see Manaia Cherrington and Kyle Lovett switch back to the bench, with Jack Littlejohn and Jack Buchanan returning to the Intrust Super Premiership competition.

Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma has scored six tries from seven games played at Leichhardt Oval, and will look to add to his try scoring tally against Sea Eagles winger Brayden Wiliame, who astonishingly is yet to taste victory as a player in the top grade after 11 appearances for Manly and Parramatta in the last three seasons.

Manly head into the match with a range of new recruits in particular Martin Taupau, who returns to face his former teammates for the first time after departing the Club in 2015.

Rugby League experts believed the men from the Northern Beaches would fire straight away in 2016; however, the new look Sea Eagles side were outplayed by a dominant Canterbury outfit — something that has the Wests Tigers on red alert for Monday evening.

Members and supporters will be hoping for a repeat performance the last time the Sea Eagles visited Leichhardt Oval, with two tries to David Nofoaluma and four pointers from Robbie Farah, Chris Lawrence and Aaron Woods securing a 34-18 win in 2014.

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Match Details

Date — Monday, March 14, 2016

Time — 7:00pm (Gates open 4:30pm)

Venue — Leichhardt Oval

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Henry Perenara and Chris James

Touch Judges — Jeff Younis and Tim Roby

Review Officials — Luke Patten and Jared Maxwell

 

TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Live via Fox Sports 1 (subscription required)

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

Radio — Triple M 104.9 FM, ABC Grandstand 702 AM (check local guides) 

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Manly Sea Eagles

James Tedesco

1

Tom Trbojevic

David Nofoaluma

2

Jorge Taufua

Tim Simona

3

Jamie Lyon (capt.)

Kevin Naiqama

4

Steve Matai

Jordan Rankin

5

Brayden Williame

Mitchell Moses

6

Dylan Walker

Luke Brooks

7

Daly Cherry-Evans

Aaron Woods (capt.)

8

Josh Starling

Dene Halatau

9

Apisai Koroisau

Tim Grant

10

Nate Myles

Curtis Sironen

11

Lewis Brown

Chris Lawrence

12

Martin Taupau

Sauaso Sue

13

Tom Trbojevic

Kyle Lovett

14

Matt Parcell

Josh Aloiai

15

Nathan Green

Ava Seumanufagai

16

Brenton Lawrence

Manaia Cherrington

17

Siosaia Vave

Michael Chee Kam

18

 

Jason Taylor

Coach

Trent Barrett

For Wests Tigers, halfback Luke Brooks’ (suspension) return sees Jack Littlejohn return to NSW Cup. Dene Halatau’s return from suspension sees him start at hooker with Kyle Lovett returning to the bench in place of Jack Buchanan. A reshuffle of the Sea Eagles’ forward pack sees Darcy Lussick and Blake Leary drop off their bench. Brenton Lawrence comes on to the interchange while Josh Starling will start in the front row. Nathan Green will play from the bench too as Martin Taupau shifts to the back row and Jake Trbojevic moves to lock.

 

2016 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

Rd.1 — Wests Tigers 34 def. New Zealand Warriors 26
 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Rd.1 — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6

 

Last Time They Met — Sea Eagles 30 def. Wests Tigers 20 (Rd.15, 2015)

A two-try performance from Mitchell Moses was not enough for a Wests Tigers outfit last time they met, going down to Manly at Brookvale Oval in slippery conditions. Kevin Naiqama and now departed veteran winger Pat Richards also crossed for tries; however, the home side was too good on the night despite a comeback from the visitors late in the game.

 

The History

·       Against the Sea Eagles — Played 22, Won 8, Lost 14

·       At Leichhardt Oval — Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2

 

Three Final Facts

·       The last time Wests Tigers played Manly at Leichhardt Oval, they recorded a commanding 34-18 victory, with David Nofolauma, Aaron Woods and Chris Lawrence all scoring tries.

·       Wests Tigers have won 15 of their last 23 games at Leichhardt Oval.

·       Wests Tigers have won 5 from 5 on a Monday night at Leichhardt Oval.

 

Match Preview: NRL Round 1 vs. Manly

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