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The Sea Eagles made a winning start to Tom Trbojevic's injury lay-off last week while the Titans suffered their second narrow defeat of the season to the Eels in round five.

Stand-in fullback Reuben Garrick got the job done for a Manly side that easily accounted for a disappointing Knights outfit.

The Titans had a more eventful evening, luckily dodging a couple of sin-bins as well as a now-infamous pitch invader, eventually going down 26-20 at home to the Eels after a high-scoring four-point loss to the same side in round one. 

Sportsbet Betting preview: Sea Eagles v Titans

The Rundown

Team news

Sea Eagles: Prop Martin Taupau and centre Morgan Harper are both out due to COVID. Toafofoa Sipley is the new front-rower and Tolutau Koula returns from a calf injury to fill in for Harper. Ben Trbojevic was named as 18th man when the final line-ups were named 60 minutes before kick-off, with no late changes.

Titans: With no Jayden Campbell, Brian Kelly returns at centre with Phil Sami shifting to the wing and Corey Thompson dropping out. No changes to the line-up listed 1-17 when the teams were finalised 60 minutes before kick-off. Paul Turner is 18th man.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Reuben Garrick
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jamayne Isaako
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Phillip Sami
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Tolutau Koula
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Christian Tuipulotu
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Greg Marzhew
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Alexander Brimson
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 20 Toafofoa Sipley
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Isaac Liu
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Andrew Davey
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Will Smith
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Jarrod Wallace

Reserves

  • Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 19 Ben Trbojevic
    Replacement for Titans is number 18 Paul Turner

Match Officials

  • Referee: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Key match-up

Andrew Davey v David Fifita: an intriguing clash looms out wide on Saturday afternoon. For Davey, the laconic lad from Emerald who debuted at 28 then had to come back from a knee reconstruction, every chance is to be cherished and so far every post is a winner, with a try last week in just his sixth ever run-on start. You can guarantee he won't be overawed by the prospect of marking up on Titans' right-side wrecking ball David Fifita, who scored a try of his own last week - one neither Davey nor almost anyone else could have scored. He's been quiet this year though, and how he gets into the game and how Davey handles that will have a big say on the outcome. 

Stat attack

Titans powerhouse Greg Marzhew currently tops the NRL for tackle busts with 29, so Manly's kick-chase off the back of Daly Cherry-Evans NRL-high 2482 kick metres will need to be spot on. 

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