Saturday’s third NRL Round 9 match is between Manly Sea Eagles and Nth Queensland Cowboys. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:35 local time with the game to be played at Brookvale Oval. The away team Nth Queensland Cowboys are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Manly Sea Eagles and Nth Queensland Cowboys.
When: 17:35 | Saturday 30/04/2016
Where: Brookvale Oval
Tip: Nth Queensland Cowboys at $1.35
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Kane Linnet at $15.00
Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart, 2 Brayden Wiliame, 3 Jamie Lyon, 4 Steve Matai, 5 Tom Trbojevic, 6 Dylan Walker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Darcy Lussick, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Nate Myles, 11 Tom Symonds, 12 Martin Taupau, 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Addin Fonua-Blake 16 Brenton Lawrence, 17 Siosia Vave 19 Matt Parcell.
Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Kyle Feldt. 3 Justin O’Neill, 4 Kane Linnett, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston, 8 Matt Scott, 9 Jake Granville, 10 James Tamou, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Ethan Lowe, 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 Rory Kostjasyn, 15 Patrick Kaufusi, 16 Scott Bolton, 17 Ben Hannant 18 John Asiata.
Manly continued Newcastle’s miserable start to the NRL season by inflicting a 26-10 victory at Hunter Stadium on Anzac Day.
Playing their first game in 11 days, and first in Newcastle in four years, the Sea Eagles celebrated the return of halfback Daly Cherry-Evans by pocketing two valuable competition points.
Newcastle’s sixth loss of the season, and fifth straight to Manly, was compounded by the loss of experienced playmaker Jarrod Mullen to a suspected torn hamstring in the 67th minute.
It was rough day on the injury front with Mullen joined by Peter Mata’utia (knee) for Newcastle while Brett Stewart (hamstring) and Tom Trbojevic (knee) were replaced during the match for Manly.
Though not at his best, Queensland and Australian playmaker Cherry-Evans added spark to the Sea Eagles attack and created a try for Tom Trbojevic in the 60th minute to give Manly a decisive 20-6 lead.
In a bizarre turnaround Newcastle scored from the restart, Tyler Randell crashing over to make in 20-10 after Jamie Lyon sloppily batted back a short Dane Gagai kick-off.
But any slight hopes of a comeback were put to bed when lock Jake Trbojevic scored a converted try in the 78th minute.
Manly had taken a 10-6 lead to the break when prop Brenton Lawrence crashed over to score in the final seconds of the first half.
Replays showed the ball rolled loose as Newcastle defenders tried to halt Lawrence’s progress but review official Ashley Klein could not find enough evidence to overturn referee Gavin Badger’s on-field ruling of a try.
The Knights had no such luck earlier in the half when wingers Nathan Ross and Aku Uate were both denied tries by the bunker.
Little seemed to go the way of the home side with prop Sam Mataora reported in the 65th minute for a possible crusher tackle.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change