Saturday’s third NRL Round 11 match is between Cronulla Sharks and Manly Sea Eagles. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:35 local time with the game to be played at Shark Park. The home team Cronulla Sharks are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Cronulla Sharks and Manly Sea Eagles.
When: 19:35 | Saturday 21/05/2016
Where: Shark Park
Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $1.29
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Jack Bird at $12.00
Sharks: 1 Ben Barba 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Jack Bird 4 Gerard Beale 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 Paul Gallen Interchange: 14 Ricky Leutele 15 Chris Heighington 16 Jayson Bukuya 17 Joseph Paulo 18 David Fifita.
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic 2 Matthew Wright 3 Jamie Lyon 4 Steve Matai 5 Brayden Wiliame 6 Dylan Walker 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Darcy Lussick 9 Matt Parcell 10 Nate Myles 11 Lewis Brown 12 Jamie Buhrer 13 Jake Trbojevic Interchange: 14 Blake Leary 15 Josh Starling 16 Brenton Lawrence 17 Siosia Vave.
No pain, no gain.
Manly’s New Zealand international Lewis Brown says that is the approach they have adopted ahead of Saturday night’s NRL clash at Cronulla, revealing that coach Trent Barrett “wanted us to hurt” after their last round loss to Brisbane.
Bench utility Brown conceded team spirit was low in the Suncorp Stadium dressing room in the wake of their 30-6 defeat last Saturday night.
And it seems they wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Brown hoped the experience would steel Manly (11th; 4-6 record) ahead of their crunch clash with No.2 Cronulla this weekend.
“I hope so. I wouldn’t look at it any other way,” Brown said.
“After the game Baz (Barrett) wanted us to hurt.
“We want a fire in the belly and hopefully that can lead us in the right direction against Cronulla this weekend.”
Manly have lost three of their last four games but are only two points outside the top eight.
“The pleasing thing for us is that we haven’t hit nowhere near our straps and we will get some key players back,” Brown said.
“We are still in a good position. For us it is about building momentum and becoming consistent.
“We can’t let those teams above us (on the NRL ladder) get too far ahead.”
Manly were the last team to beat Cronulla, 22-12 in round three at Brookvale Oval.
But they will face a very different Sharks outfit this weekend.
Cronulla have won seven straight and are buzzing from their last round 62-0 demolition of Newcastle.
“They are the full package,” Brown said.
“They beat the Broncos … and they will be building from the game in Newcastle.
“We know we are in for a tough game.”
Fullback Brett Stewart (hamstring) and enforcer Steve Matai (neck) are likely to return against the Sharks.
But they will be without Martin Taupau who faces a three game ban for a lifting tackle on Brisbane’s Matt Gillett.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change