National Rugby League NRL 2015 Live Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks Stream NRL match will be kick off at Brookvale Oval, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Sunday 05 July 2015 online, 16.00 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
Old rivals Manly and Cronulla are at it with the Sharks in the rare position of sitting higher on the ladder. Can the Sharks go into Brookvale and find a rare win or will last-placed Manly lift and avoid the ignominy of last place?
Willie Mason returns for Manly on an extended bench with Josh Starling the most likely to drop out. The Sea Eagles have nobody on Origin duty. Cronulla have lost Paul Gallen to Origin and most likely will lose Michael Ennis to suspension. Gallen doesn’t really play for the Sharks during this period anyway. Todd Murphy likely comes in for Ennis with Jeff Robson to push into hooker.
Manly and Cronulla have met 84 times with the Sea Eagles winning 59 to the Sharks’ lowly 23. The Sea Eagles have been particularly dominant at home, winning 31 of 37 with a draw. Manly’s dominance has been recent as well with 10 wins in the last 11 clashes. The Sharks’ last win at Brookvale was back in 2008. Four of the last six matches have tallied less than 32 while the Eagles won both matches last season by 20-plus. Sharks half Jeff Robson is a former Sea Eagle.
Manly’s stuck in last place with a 4-10 record, the worst differential, the worst attack and the 12th-rated defence. They have dropped four of their last five and come into this off a 20-8 loss to South Sydney. They are 3-2 at Brookvale this year. Against teams outside the eight they are 2-4. Cronulla have been in pretty good form with three straight wins and seven wins in their last 10 matches. They are up to ninth on the ladder and have won their last two road games. They have a 7-7 record, the eighth best defence and the 12th rated attack. Against teams in the bottom four they are 3-1 this year.
Kieran Foran and Jack Bird make for a compelling battle at five-eighth. Foran has endured a difficult fortnight and has been below his best this year but needs to find his form and quick if Manly’s season is to be saved then Foran needs to rediscover his probing best. Bird has been a revelation in 2015 with six tries and two assists and has become one of the most dangerous running five-eighths going around. He needs to play a dominant hand here with the Sharks’ lack of playmaking options.
Both teams are 6-8 ATS this year but the Sharks are a 45.7% profitable head-to-head team while Manly are a -30.7% head-to-head team. Manly have covered 8 of their last 10 at Brookvale but just four of their last eight when favoured by six or more. In day matches at the venue Manly have won seven of eight since 2013 but covered just four. The over is 7-2 at Brookvale when Manly come home off a loss with the Eagles going 6-3 ATS. Cronulla have covered four of their last six road game and four of their last five when getting a start of six or more. Manly have dropped their last four since 2013 after being held to single digits. Cronulla are 4-10 ATS after scoring 24 or more points.
History is well and truly against Cronulla in this one but there is a real feeling that an upset could be brewing. The Sharks will be without a couple of key players but they get a major advantage up front where the tough and aggressive Cronulla forwards should be able to batter the very ordinary Manly pack. If a platform is laid, the Sharks do have enough attacking weapons to take advantage of the situation. They need to be on for the whole game but they look the bet of the round with the big start.
Manly Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Peta Hiku 4 Steve Matai 5 Tom Trbojevic 6 Kieran Foran 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Jake Trbojevic 9 Matt Ballin 10 Luke Burgess 11 Feleti Mateo 12 Tom Symonds 13 Dunamis Lui.
Interchange: 14 James Hasson 15 Liligiifo Sao 16 Justin Horo 17 Willie Mason 22 Josh Starling.
Cronulla Sharks: 1 Michael Gordon 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Gerard Beale 4 Ricky Leutele 5 Valentine Holmes 6 Jack Bird 7 Jeff Robson 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Michael Ennis 10 Matt Prior 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Chris Heighington.
Interchange: 14 Jayson Bukuya 15 Ben Barba 16 David Fifita 17 Sam Tagataese