Friday’s (07/08/2015) first NRL 2015 Round 22 match is between Manly Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:45 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 South Sydney Rabbitohs.
When: 19:45 | Friday 07/08/2015
Where: Brookvale Oval
Tip: Manly Sea Eagles at $2.06
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Brette Swewart at $11.00
1. Brett Stewart 2. Jorge Taufua 3 Jamie Lyon (c) 4. Steve Matai 5. Peta Hiku 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Jake Trbojevic 9. Matt Ballin 10. Willie Mason 11. Feleti Mateo 12. Justin Horo 13. Blake Leary. Interchange: 14. Jesse Sene-Lefao 14. Michael Chee Kam 16 James Hasson 17. Josh Starling.
1. Greg Inglis (c) 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dylan Walker 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Aaron Gray 6. Luke Keary 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Issac LUke 10. Tim Grant 11. Glenn Stewart 12. John Sutton 13. Chris McQueen. Interchange: 14. Kyle Turner 15 Chris Grevsmuhl 16. David Tyrell 17. Tom Burgess 18. Jason Clark.
Emotions will be running high at Brookvale Oval on Friday when resurgent Manly host South Sydney as Rabbitohs back-rower Glenn Stewart returns to his old homeground with a chance of ending the Sea Eagles’ finals hopes.
In a promoter’s dream, much of the build-up is sure to centre around Stewart and Manly coach Geoff Toovey.
Manly chairman Scott Penn recently revealed the decision to axe long-time Sea Eagle Stewart played a part in the decision to sack Toovey last week.
Stewart’s dumping caused a major disruption at the Sea Eagles, culminating with him joining Souths and fellow Sea Eagles stalwart Anthony Watmough signing with Parramatta.
The Sea Eagles have bounced back to form in spectacular fashion with Toovey’s side wiping the floor with competition leaders Brisbane 44-14 on Saturday night in Gosford just four days after the Manly coach was told his services were no longer required.
The win over the Broncos gave the Sea Eagles two straight victories after beating the Warriors and has them two points outside the top eight, but one slip and it could all be over for Manly.
Following Souths, Manly face Canberra, Parramatta, the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla.
“We’re still in there with a chance, we know that and all we can do is turn up every week and put a performance in and try and win the match. If we do it five more times, we’re a chance,” Toovey said.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has no doubts the Sea Eagles will make life difficult for their opponents in the run to the finals.
“They’ve always had the quality players and they’ve done a lot of damage to themselves this season with what’s happened internally with their organisation,” Bennett said.
“I think we all realise how well they can play. They’ve got a very good backline and their forwards are doing a good job.”
Toovey expects fullback Brett Stewart to be right for the clash against Souths after he was forced off the field early against the Broncos.
“He just had a couple of bad corks, with a bit of treatment, I’m sure he’ll be right for next week,” Toovey said.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change