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NRL Round 5 Preview - Sea Eagles v Sharks
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Brookvale Oval, Sunday 11 April 2010, kickoff 2:00pm
The Sea Eagles are finally playing at Brookvale Oval which makes it nearly impossible to tip against them here. It will be a long drive for Sharks fans but worth the trip simply because we expect fireworks in this game. Two very intense coaches will have their teams wired and ready to go for this one. The Sharks will have a renewed sense of confidence after last week's victory and will be more willing to take risks in attack after training with a new halfback for another week.
Against Manly's defense, it may not make a difference as the Eagles impressive young halves and the creativity of Glenn Stewart will be too much for the Skarks. A good battle of NSW origin hopefuls in the front row with Josh Perry taking on two young upstarts in Kade Snowden and Luke Douglas. Fantastic. Finally, let's hope Adam Cuthbertson is allowed to play at least 5 minutes against his old club; I'm sure he'll want to have a huge one and deserves to get on the field.
Man of the Match Prediction: Jamie Lyon
Tip: Manly 26-12
Sea Eagles: 1. Ben Farrar 2. Michael Robertson 3. Jamie Lyon (c) 4. Steve Matai 5. Tony Williams 6. Kieran Foran 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Jason King (c) 9. Matt Ballin 10. Josh Perry 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Shane Rodney 13. Glenn Stewart
Interchange: 14. Joe Galuvao 15. Brent Kite 16. Matt Cross 17. Chris Bailey; Reserves: 18. Jamie Buhrer
Sharks: 1. Albert Kelly 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Ben Pomeroy 4. Taulima Tautai 5. Nathan Stapleton 6. Trent Barrett (c) 7. Tim Smith 8. Kade Snowden 9. John Morris 10. Luke Douglas 11. Grant Millington 12. Anthony Tupou 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Adam Cuthbertson 15. Josh Cordoba 16. Paul Aiton 17. Siosaia Vave
Referees: Tony Archer & Alan Shortall; Sideline Officials: Russell Turner & Dave Munro; Video Referee: Chris Ward