NRL Match Previews - Newcastle v Manly (Round 21)

  vs  
02-08-2010 07:00PM at EnergyAustralia Stadium

Referee: Matt Cecchin and Jared Maxwell
Touch Judges: Chris James and Jeff Younis
Referee: Chris Ward

Ordinarily, one might consider tipping an upset here as a few things might fall into place for the Knights. They are at home and will be heavy underdogs playing against a Manly team coming off an emotional win last week; a good recipe for an unlikely victory. Unfortunately for Newcastle the only thing ordinary about this match are their chances of winning and the only recipe will be one for humble pie.  

So take a big bight, my very good friends from the Hunter, and here's hoping your season ends quickly. The Manly forward pack out muscle the Knights though Jason King and Anthony Watmough and then Jamie Lyon takes over as the Eagles win their third in a row. Kurt Gidley as always will put up a spirited performance, this time at halfback; and the matchup between Adam MacDougall and Steve Matai will be entertaining but the Eagles too good in the end.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Shane Rodney
My Tip: Manly 30-14

The Teams

  Newcastle Knights               Manly Sea Eagles 
Suspensions
No Suspensions

Injuries
C. Paterson
M. Karawana
E. Tuimavave
S. Simpson
K. Lulia
J. McManus
B. Rogers
1. Shannon McDonnellFullback1. Ben Farrar
2. Akuila UateWing2. Michael Robertson
3. Junior SauCentre3. Jamie Lyon
4. Adam MacDougallCentre4. Steve Matai
5. Cooper VunaWing5. Tony Williams
6. Jarrod MullenFive Eighth6. Kieran Foran
7. Kurt GidleyHalfback7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Ben CrossProp8. Jason King
9. Isaac De GoisHooker9. Matt Ballin
10. Daniel TolarProp10. Josh Perry
11. Zeb TaiaSecond Row11. Anthony Watmough
12. Con MikaSecond Row12. Shane Rodney
13. Matt HilderLock13. Glenn Stewart
14. Wes NaiqamaInterchange14. Joe Galuvao
15. Joel EdwardsInterchange15. Brent Kite
16. Richard Fa'aosoInterchange16. George Rose
17. Antonio KaufusiInterchange17. Chris Bailey
Suspensions
No Suspensions

Injuries
B. Stewart
D. Williams

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 3 Bluetongue Stadium Manly Sea Eagles 36-12
2009 Round 20 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Manly Sea Eagles 44-20
2009 Round 4 EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Newcastle Knights 26-12
2008 Round 16 Bluetongue Stadium Manly Sea Eagles 28-12
2008 Round 2 Energy Australia Stadium Newcastle Knights 13-12

LeagueUnlimited Tipsters - Courtesy of www.MyTips.com.au

DragonPunk
(Justin Davies)

Eagles


Total Score
168
Non Terminator
(Josh Hill)

Eagles


Total Score
152
Twizzle
(Kevin Brennan)

Eagles


Total Score
148
CobyDelaney
(Coby Delaney)

Eagles


Total Score
138
Willow
(Steve Williams)

Eagles


Total Score
134

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