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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Gold Coast Titans
Brookvale Oval, Monday 26 April 2010 - 7:00pm kickoff
A concern for the Eagles is backing up from last week's huge victory over the Storm. They were exhausted in that match and although they have a full week between games, it could be telling against a talented Gold Coast side who will be coming off 10 days rest. However, the Titans are struggling to score points with Greg Bird carrying most of the load. He must improve his communication with teammates if the Titans are any chance of a rare away win, and even more rare without captain Scott Prince.
The visitors will explode out of the sheds which will shock the home side from kick off and keep the crowd out of this game. They do a Manly on Manly and lead early, but then begin to fade. The Sea Eagles forwards are the reason they are sitting 3rd on the ladder and will carry them home stronger than the Titans to extend Manly's win streak to 5. It will be close though but Manly's record at Brookvale must be respected.
Man of the Match Prediction: Anthony Watmough
Tip: Manly 21-20
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 Galuva 15. Brent Kite 16. Matt Cross 17. Chris Bailey
Reserves: 18. Jamie Buhrer 19. Vic Mauro.
Titans: 1. William Zillman 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Clinton Toopi 4. Joseph Tomane 5. David Mead 6. Greg Bird 7. Preston Campbell 8. Luke Bailey 9. Nathan Friend 10. Brad Meyers 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Ashley Harrison.
Interchange: 14. Matt White 15. Michael Henderson 16. Sam Tagataese 17. Jordan Atkins
Reserves: 18. Will Matthews
Referees: Jared Maxwell & Bernard Sutton; Sideline Officials: Paul Holland & Gavin Morris; Video Referee: Sean Hampstead