NRL Live Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos Stream National Rugby League Round 21 match will be kick off at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia Saturday 01 August 2015 online, Time 19.30 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
Manly’s season swings in the balance this Saturday night against the league-leading Brisbane Broncos, just days after Geoff Toovey was told he would have his contract cut short by a year. How the Sea Eagles respond will be critical to this one.
The Sea Eagles have lost backrowers Tom Symonds and Ligi Sao, meaning Justin Horo and Blake Leary come into the team along with Michael Chee-Kam. Jesse Sene-Lefao replaces the dumped Luke Burgess on the bench. Jack Reed returns for Brisbane, forcing Jordan Kahu to the wing and Corey Oates to the bench. Dale Copley drops out. Joe Ofahengaue comes in for the suspended Adam Blair.
Manly and Brisbane have one of the most close-fought rivalries in the premiership with the Sea Eagles winning 20 to the Broncos 19 with one draw. The Sea Eagles have won 10 of the last 14 against the Broncos and have not dropped two straight against Brisbane since 2006. Brisbane won at Suncorp in Round 13 44-10, matching their victory in the club’s first ever game. Seven of the last 12 matches between the sides have topped 40 points. Manly are 12-3 all-time on the Central Coast while the Broncos have won both their games at the venue.
Manly have climbed to 11th on the ladder and have the 11th best differential, ninth rated defence and 12th ranked attack. The Sea Eagles have won three of their last four and come into this off a 32-12 win against the Warriors in Auckland. The Eagles have scored 28-plus in four of their last six. Against Top 4 teams this year the Sea Eagles are 0-4 with an average losing margin of 17 points. Brisbane lead the premiership with a 15-3 record and the second best differential. Brisbane have the best attack in the NRL and have combined it with the third ranked defence. The Broncos are riding an eight-game win streak and are 7-2 on the road this year. Brisbane have conceded more than 16 points just once in their last seven while they have scored 34-plus in four of their last six (all at Suncorp). Brisbane are 9-1 against non-eight teams with eight double figure wins.
Daly Cherry-Evans and Ben Hunt seem set to battle it out for a Queensland jumper for the next five years and their battle on Saturday will be spectacular. Both have 11 try assists this year, Hunt leads five tries to four, Cherry-Evans has two more line breaks and three more offloads, Hunt has seven more tackle busts, Cherry-Evans has been better defensively and Hunt has kicked more effectively. These two are remarkably similar types and it is going to be fascinating to see these two square off.
Brisbane are 13-5 ATS this year and have covered their last four and seven of their last eight. Manly are 9-9 ATS and have gone over in their last four. Of the last 12 matches on the Central Coast, 10 have gone under with an average total 33 points. Manly have covered just five of their last 16 away from Brookvale. The Broncos have covered six of their last seven interstate with the under saluting in six of their last seven interstate. Interstate favourites of more than a converted try are 35-48 ATS since 2009. Brisbane are 10-5 under after scoring 30 points.
Very keen to play the under in this one. Brisbane’s average road total is 33 this year while their interstate record has typically seen the under come home. Gosford has also been a bastion for the under in recent times. It is hard not to see the Broncos winning and covering as well. Manly have shown nothing against quality teams this year and have arguably the worst forward pack in the NRL and with the Geoff Toovey situation coming to a head it has been a week of distraction. The Broncos just keep on rolling, they travel well and can put teams to the sword.
Manly Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Jamie Lyon (c) 4 Steve Matai 5 Peta Hiku 6 Kieran Foran 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Jake Trbojevic 9 Matt Ballin 10 Willie Mason 11 Feleti Mateo 12 Justin Horo 13 Blake Leary.
Interchange: 14 Jesse Sene-Lefao 15 Michael Chee Kam 16 James Hasson 17 Josh Starling 20 Jayden Hodges
Brisbane Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd 2 Lachlan Maranta 3 Jack Reed 4 Justin Hodges (c) 5 Jordan Kahu 6 Anthony Milford 7 Ben Hunt 8 Sam Thaiday 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Jarrod Wallace 11 Alex Glenn 12 Matt Gillett 13 Corey Parker.
Interchange: 14 Joe Ofahengaue 15 Mitchell Dodds 16 Corey Oates 17 Kodi Nikorima 18 Dale Copley