Monday’s first NRL Round 8 match is between Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles. The opening bounce is set to commence at 14:05 local time with the game to be played at Hunter Stadium. The away team Manly Sea Eagles are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles.
When: 14:05 | Monday 25/04/2016
Where: Hunter Stadium
Tip: Manly Sea Eagles at $1.40
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Dylan Walker at $17.00
Knights: 1.Dane Gagai 2.Nathan Ross 3.Sione Mata’utia 4.Pat Mata’utia 5. Akuila Uate 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Trent Hodkinson (c) 8. Sam Mataora 9. Danny Levi 10. Daniel Saifiti 11 Tariq Sims (c) 12.Korbin Sims 13.Jeremy Smith (c) 14. Tyler Randell 15. Josh King 16.Jacob Saifiti 17.David Bhana 18 Micky Paea.
Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart, 2 Brayden Wiliame, 3 Jamie Lyon, 4 Steve Matai, 5 Tom Trbojevic, 6 Dylan Walker, 7 Apisai Koroisau, 8 Darcy Lussick, 9 Matt Parcell, 10 Nate Myles, 11 Tom Symonds, 12 Martin Taupau, 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Addin Fonua-Blake 16 Brenton Lawrence, 17 17 Siosia Vave 18 Blake Leary.
Injury-hit Manly are expected to receive relief when hooker Matt Parcell returns this weekend.
Parcell was back at the club’s training base at Narrabeen on Monday and is hopeful of recovering from a hamstring strain in time to take Newcastle on Anzac Day.
Their spine already in disarray with halfback Daly-Cherry Evans out with an ankle problem, the Sea Eagles were given a fresh headache the day before last week’s 22-10 loss to Parramatta when Parcell was a late withdrawal.
With back-up No.9 Apisai Koroisau filling in for Cherry-Evans at halfback, coach Trent Barrett was forced to draft in versatile back-rowers Lewis Brown and Blake Leary to plug the hole.
While both toiled admirably, Parcell’s influence was lacking.
“I haven’t trained at hooker for a long time and I haven’t started at hooker before,” Brown said.
“I just try to do my job for the team. I got called in late on the captain’s run and Matty Parcell pulled out then, it’s just something I had to do for the side.”
Leary admitted to feeling uncomfortable in the position, and joked that his kicking licence had been permanently revoked after putting in a grubber which cheaply turned over possession in the second half.
Asked if he expected Parcell back, Leary said: “I hope so, for my sake anyway.
“We’ll see how he goes and hopefully he trains well.
“I’ve spent a little bit of time there, doing the same thing coming off the bench. I actually debuted there for the Cows. But it’s not exactly what I wanted.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change