Sea Eagles v Roosters: Lane to bench, Matterson in for Liu

Sea Eagles v Roosters: Lane to bench, Matterson in for Liu

Some called it lucky, but there's no denying the Roosters showed plenty of guts to beat the Titans without Cooper Cronk and Origin stars Latrell Mitchell, Boyd Cordner and James Tedesco.

The win kept them on course for a top-four finish and Sunday's road clash with the Sea Eagles is exactly the kind of danger game the Chooks can't afford to drop, especially with the logjam of teams sharing 11-6 records.

Coach Trent Robinson knows how important every game is from now until the end of September and will be hoping to have close to his strongest side available.

The Sea Eagles can't make the finals and would've loved to have dented the Storm's top four prospects last week.

But it wasn't to be, as Cam Smith had the last laugh in a nail-biting 14-13 win.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Matthew Wright
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Brad Parker
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Tom Wright
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Manase Fainu
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 16 Frank Winterstein
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 14 Ryan Matterson
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Roosters is number 12 Victor Radley

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 12 Shaun Lane
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Trent Hodkinson
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Kurt Baptiste
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 21 Toafofoa Sipley
    Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Lindsay Collins

Key match-up: After sitting out last week's game against the Titans, Tedesco will be looking forward to his return, especially against his NSW teammate Tom Trbojevic. The Roosters are favourites for this clash but Manly are capable of an upset if Turbo Tom goes off.

For the Sea Eagles to win: Daly Cherry-Evans has to show the form that had him in the mix for man-of-the-match honours in Origin III, while Tom and Jake Trbojevic also have to produce something special against a team that is coming good at the right end of the season.

For the Roosters to win: Cronk may not be back, depending on whether his wife delivers the couple's first child before Sunday. That puts a lot of responsibility on Luke Keary if Cronk doesn't play, but he will feel comfortable knowing 19-year-old rookie Sean O'Sullivan acquitted himself superbly in his NRL debut against the Titans.

Sea Eagles Stat Attack: Manly enjoy this match-up – they've won five of their past seven against the Roosters and have only lost twice in their last 10 games against them at Lottoland.

Roosters Stat Attack: Despite having the most ineffective tackles in the league (tackles that allow an offload) the Roosters have the best defensive record in the NRL.

And another thing: Manly and the Roosters have locked horns in two grand finals. The Sea Eagles beat the Chooks 19-14 in the 1972 premiership decider when they were known as Eastern Suburbs, with Ray Branighan scoring a try and booting 6/7 goals. The Roosters squared the ledger when they beat Manly 26-18 in the 2013 grand final, with James Maloney kicking 5/5 goals.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Matthew Wright
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Brad Parker
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Tom Wright
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Manase Fainu
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 16 Frank Winterstein
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 14 Ryan Matterson
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Roosters is number 12 Victor Radley

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 12 Shaun Lane
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Trent Hodkinson
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Kurt Baptiste
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 21 Toafofoa Sipley
    Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Lindsay Collins

Sea Eagles: Shaun Lane has been shifted to the bench, with Frank Winterstein given the nod to start. The other change is Toafofoa Sipley elevated from the reserves to the bench at the expense of Kelepi Tanginoa. Jorge Taufua was cut an hour out from kick-off, while Tevita Funa and Lloyd Perrett dropped off the extended bench on Friday.

Roosters: Isaac Liu is out, replaced at lock by Victor Radley. Ryan Matterson comes off the bench to start in the back-row. Lindsay Collins moves from the reserves to the bench, while Matt Ikuvalu was omitted an hour before kick-off. Mitchell Aubusson (hamstring) and Sean O'Sullivan dropped out of the squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Head-to-head: Played 131; Manly 84 wins, Roosters 45 wins, 2 draws
Previous result: Roosters won 22-20 at Allianz Stadium in round 9
Points per game: Sea Eagles 19.5; Roosters 20.1
Points conceded per game: Sea Eagles 22.8; Roosters 14.1
Televised: Live on Nine, Fox League

Petero Civoniceva's prediction: Manly had a real dig last week at home and were a bit stiff not to knock off the Storm. That loss will have dented their confidence and they'll find it hard to replicate that intensity against a Roosters side sitting in the top four and looking to finish strong. The Roosters will have too much flair.

Tip: Roosters by 12

Match: Sea Eagles v Roosters

Round 19 -

Full Time
Sea Eagles

Home Team

Sea Eagles

Scored 24 points
Roosters

Away Team

Roosters

Scored 56 points

Venue: Lottoland

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Fox League
  • LIVE PASS

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