Saturday’s first NRL Round 19 match is between Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:35 local time with the game to be played at Nib Stadium. The away team New Zealand Warriors are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors.
When: 17:35 | Saturday 16/07/2016
Where: Nib Stadium
Tip: New Zealand Warriors at $1.67
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Shaun Johnson at $13.00
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Lewis Brown 4 Matthew Wright 5 Bradley Parker 6 Jamie Lyon 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Darcy Lussick 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Martin Taupau 11 Nathan Green 12 Jamie Buhrer 13 Jake Trbojevic Interchange: 14 Blake Leary 15 Joshua Starling 16 Addin Fonua-Blake 17 Siosia Vave 18 Luke Burgess.
Warriors: 1 David Fusitu’a, 2 Ken Maumalo, 3 Blake Ayshford, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 Thomas Leuluai, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Jacob Lillyman, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Bodene Thompson, 12 Ryan Hoffman (c), 13 Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14 Tuimoala Lolohea, 15 Sam Lisone, 16 Bunty Afoa, 17 Charlie Gubb, 18 James Gavet.
Manly veteran Brett Stewart’s future in the NRL is in real doubt after he was booked in for knee surgery that has ruled him out for at least six weeks.
The club confirmed on Monday that the Sea Eagles fullback will go under the knife in two weeks before making a decision on whether he will finish up for the season.
Stewart has been a shadow of his former self this year, scoring just one try in 11 appearances, leading to a chorus of calls for fullback-in-waiting Tom Trbojevic to be shifted from the flanks.
Trbojevic, who is currently in camp with the NSW State of Origin team as a development player, starred in the club’s last-start win over St George Illawarra, when Stewart was “rested”.
Sea Eagles fans will now get a glimpse of the future as the 19-year-old fills in for Stewart, possibly for good, with Stewart linked to a reunion with brother Glenn at Catalans Dragons in the Super League.
Stewart, 31, has one more year remaining on his current contract.
Sea Eagles forward Jamie Buhrer on Monday backed Trbojevic to perform in any position.
“He’s a freak,” he told reporters at the Sea Eagles’ base in Narrabeen.
“The club was aware of that when they signed him up long-term and he’s shown that. It doesn’t matter where we put him, he puts in cracking performances and it’s really encouraging for the future.”
Stewart’s injury comes on the same day star Dylan Walker was ruled out for a month and fined $10,000 after injuring his hand punching his apartment door over the weekend.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change