Monday’s only NRL Round 3 match is between Manly Sea Eagles and Cronulla Sharks. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:05 local time with the game to be played at Brookvale Oval. The home team Manly Sea Eagles are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Manly Sea Eagles and Cronulla Sharks.
When: 19:05 | Monday 21/03/2016
Where: Brookvale Oval
Tip: Manly Sea Eagles at $2.05
Value BET: First Tryscorer: Dylan Walker at $18.00
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Jamie Lyon (c) 4 Steve Matai 5 Brayden Wiliame 6 Dylan Walker 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Josh Starling 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Nate Myles 11 Lewis Brown 12 Martin Taupau 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Matt Parcell 15 Nathan Green 16 Brenton Lawrence 17 Siosaia Vave.
Sharks: 1 Ben Barba 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Jack Bird 4 Ricky Leutele 5 Valentine Holmes 6 James Maloney 7 Chad Townsend 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Michael Ennis 10 Sam Tagataese 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Jayson Bukuya. Interchange: 14 Gerard Beale 15 Matt Prior 16 David Fifita 17 Chris Heighington 18 Joseph Paulo.
He spent over a year on the sidelines due to a degenerative disc and after dipping his toes back in the water, Manly prop Brenton Lawrence wants to spearhead his side’s revival.
Lawrence pulled on a Sea Eagles jersey for the first time since round one last year in Monday’s 36-22 loss to Wests Tigers in what was a promising first up showing.
At times during the last 12 months, the 31-year-old’s career appeared on the brink after undergoing surgery to have an artificial disc inserted into his lower back.
Lawrence said he was left “walking like a zombie” after going under the knife and given his age and the massive turnover in personnel at Manly during the off-season, his future looked far from assured.
“It means a lot,” Lawrence said of his return.
“I liken it in a sense to a debut, you spend a lot of time thinking about that moment.
“And then through the recovery, every time I was doing something with the rehab guys or on my own, I was thinking about getting back on the field.”
He returned to the paddock via the NSW Cup in the last month of the 2015 season but was held back from first grade until last week for fear of a recurrence.
He eventually made it back to the NRL on Monday, returning in emphatic fashion, making 114 metres from 11 carries and 23 tackles off the bench against the Tigers at Brookvale Oval.
Now Lawrence wants to pick up where he left off after a breakout 2014 that saw him invited to a Queensland Emerging Origin camp and selected in the Prime Minister’s XIII.
“I want to be a leader of our pack and make sure we move forward in a positive light,” Lawrence said.
“We’re a new side and we need to find a bit of composure and structure around each other.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change