Manly Sea Eagles (@2.75) vs Cronulla Sharks (@1.5)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Cronulla Sharks will win

Manly Sea Eagles – Cronulla Sharks Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 05:50

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Taupau in the Sea Eagles side has been a focal point in dominating sides, his combination with his other forwards and backs has split him from the other prop forwards showing why he is a class act in the front row. The Sea Eagles enforcer will need another classic performance to inspire his side to an upset win in this battle alongside with Api Koroisau and Fonua-Blake to batter a big Cronulla side away. Martin being a leader at Manly has driven his side well into the top 8 with 27 tackle breaks and over 13 hit-ups a match for an average of 455 post contact metres which has bent the line of all of his opposing defences.

In 1973, the two adversaries would meet in a grand final for the first time ever, and it was etched in history as one of the most brutal matches for the premiership. Speaking of the drawn matches in the 1970s, one of them was the grand final in 1978, which would end in an 11-all draw. However, heartbreakingly for Sharks fans, the Sea Eagles would claim a 16-0 victory in the Grand Final replay of that year. The Sea Eagles would prevail 10-7. This means that the Sea Eagles have broken the hearts of the Sharks twice in deciders.

Recent meetings

Curtis Sironen shifts from five-eighth back to the pack and Jack Gosiewski goes back to the bench. Sea Eagles: The return of Dylan Walker in the centres for his first game of the season is a huge boost for Des Hasler's side. Cade Cust will debut at five-eighth following the withdrawal of Lachlan Croker (hamstring). Jorge Taufua (calf) and Addin Fonua-Blake (knee) return which helps offset the loss of Moses Suli (finger) and Toafofoa Sipley (knee).

The Sea Eagles have never won the wooden spoon, and you can bet your bottom dollar thatthey will be eager to ensure that it doesnt happen here. The men from the northern beaches will undoubtedly be hurting after last weeks demoralising loss to the Panthers, and will be raring to unleash their pent-up frustration on their old rivals. They are only one win clear of bitter rivals, the bottom-placed Eels. As such, they will be keen to get as far away from there as possible.

The only real time that the Sharks had any sortofof dominance over the Sea Eagles was between 1986 and 2007, when they won all their home matches against the men from the northern beaches in that period. As for their record in the Sutherland Shire, the Sea Eagles seem to really enjoy their visits there, having returned to the northern beaches victorious on 22 occasions (out of 38 visits to the Shire, including non NRL matches).

That could prove crucial for the injury-hit Sea Eagles who will be without numerous players but with 15 wins from the last 17 against the Sharks, Manly could still get home. It will take a mammoth effort from their patched up side but head coach Des Hasler will not allow them to feel sorry for themselves with some key players missing and although Cronulla should win, Manly will take some beating on home soil. Manly will have home advantage in this clash with Cronulla after Lottoland was cleared after a safety concern.

WHO WILL WIN?

Therefore, I will tip the Sharkies to claim a rare win in the Battle of the Beaches, therebysending the Sea Eagles back to the northern beaches empty-handed. Moreover, they are simplyin much better form than their old adversaries. However, the Sharks have a top 4 spot to play for and you can bet they will be eager as anything to stay in the race for that, in orderto maximise their chances of winning the premiership this year. Thats not to say they wont have a red hot go in this match. As such, whilst the Sea Eagles will almost certainlythrow the kitchen sink at the Sharks, I justfeel the Sharkies have the defence to absorb the Sea Eagles attack and will eventually punish the Sea Eagles for their poor defence. Whilst the Sea Eagles undoubtedly enjoy playing the Sharks, as history has depicted, and will relish their trip across the Spit, Harbour and Captain Cook Bridges to the Shire, their abysmal defence is too difficult to ignore.

Cannot see this happening this weekend not even playing at home, the options in my humble opinion are lacking experience for this kind of game. Turbo being out is a big blow for the Many team, he was really the key player that wasable to put real pressure on the defenses and allowing the Sea Eagle to win many matches both at home and on the road. Even though the Sharks do not usually perform well in Manly, this time will all the Sea Eagles players out injured, I can see the Cronulla team controllingthe match as they are slowly starting to play very good rugby.

Moreover, they are ranked 5th in offloads (223), meaning they are certainlydangerous when in possession. Only the Knights have conceded more points. As emphasised previously, the men from the northern beaches have minimal trouble scoring points (379), despite their lowly position on the ladder. In fact, they have actuallyscored more points than their opponents for this match. In addition, the Sea Eagles have made 2 x 40/20 kicks for the season, which is the 2nd most in the competition. However, their defence is simplyatrocious, having conceded 472 points this season, which is the 2nd worst in the competition.