Monday’s only NRL Round 17 match is between Manly Sea Eagles and St George Illawarra Dragons. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:05 local time with the game to be played at Brookvale Oval. The away team St. George Illawarra Dragons are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Manly Sea Eagles and St George Illawarra Dragons.
When: 17:05 | Monday 04/07/2016
Where: Brookvale Oval
Tip: St. George Illawarra Dragons at $2.20
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Joel Thompson at $26.00
Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Tom Trbojevic 4 Dylan Walker 5 Brayden Wiliame 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 Lewis Brown 15 Joshua Starling 16 Addin Fonua-Blake 17 Siosia Vave 18 Matthew Wright.
Dragons: 1 Josh Dugan 2 Kalifa Faifai Loa 3 Euan Aitken 4 Timoteo Lafai 5 Jason Nightingale 6 Gareth Widdop 7 Benji Marshall 8 Leeson Ah Mau 9 Mitch Rein 10 Russell Packer 11 Tyson Frizell 12 Joel Thompson 13 Jack De Belin Interchange: 14 Tariq Sims 15 Jacob Host 16 Dunamis Lui 17 Jacob Marketo 18 Will Matthews.
The return of halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Jamie Lyon could not stop Manly slumping to a 30-26 defeat to North Queensland in Townsville on Monday night – their seventh straight NRL loss.
A try-scoring double to Kiwi backrower Jason Taumalolo helped the Cowboys (3rd, 10-5) remain in touch with the top two.
It was the home side’s 10th straight home win, a record stretching back to the end of last season.
While it was an impressive return from Cherry-Evans, which included a first half try, he also had a 73rd minute effort disallowed before his deft kick set up a Lewis Brown four-pointer in the dying minutes to reduce the deficit to 30-26.
Sea Eagles’ Addin Fonua-Blake bagged a second half double in five minutes (54th, 59th) after fellow reserve forward Siosaia Vave (46th) crossed and suddenly Manly led 22-18 with 20 minutes left.
But the luckless Eagles couldn’t hang on.
NSW prop James Tamou (65th) bulldozed over and hulking backrower Taumalolo bagged his double (68th) to give the hosts a 30-22 lead.
Manly – boasting a nine-strong injury list – had plenty of new faces in their side, and it showed early.
The Sea Eagles looked out of sorts with unfamiliar combinations, leading to unforced errors and plenty of frustration as North Queensland stormed to an 18-4 halftime lead.
North Queensland scored two tries in seven minutes to finish the first half strongly.
Along the way North Queensland’s Johnathan Thurston overtook Manly’s Graham Eadie (1,917pts) at sixth in the all-time point scorers.
It was the Cowboys’ fifth straight win over Manly, who have all but let their finals hopes slip.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change