: The Manly Sea Eagles belied their position of 10th on the ladder last round as they systematically dismantled a Wenty outfit that had no answers to the questions being posed by the men in maroon and white. The writing was on the wall perhaps with good recent outings against the Jets and Sharks however their totally dominant performance last weekend was one of a top four side and not that of a side stuck in a torrid battle to avoid the wooden spoon. The Bulldogs had to pull out all stops to avoid what would have been an upset defeat against the Centurions. Trailing 22-14 with less than ten minutes to play the Dogs scored once out wide through Goodwin and then a searching Cutler run followed up by a quick shift to the right saw Jake Foster
crash over, and with Goodwin's resulting conversion after the siren, the Dogs got out of jail. The Manly Sea Eagles will welcome back Michael Oldfield
after he once again made the most of an NRL call up last weekend and they may also get some more help depending on who suits up in the NRL on Sunday, with the Eagles naming 19 men and also rumours doing the rounds that Will Hopoate may also be fit to play against the Knights. The only change of the Dogs will be the return of Grant Millington
who comes in at the expense of Conrad Taakimoeaka.
: Ben Shorter - While perhaps he was not the best on the park for Manly last week, he did manage to get across the line once again and maintain his lead as the competitions most prolific try scorer. This achievement is no mean feat given the Sea Eagles position on the ladder and that they are also ranked only 8th for attack in 2011. His match up against Bryson Goodwin
could prove to be a pivotal one.
: If Manly can reproduce their stunning form from Leichhardt they will be a big show against a Dogs side that despite sitting atop of the ladder has been mixing its form of late. Manly by 2.
Central Coast Centurions Vs Cronulla Sharks
Morrie Breen Oval, Saturday, July 16
Referee: Luke Phillips
: The Centurions were left to rue the one that got away last weekend when they were overrun late by the Dogs while the Sharks were also pushed all the way by the Bears but unlike their challengers here today, they found a way to fall over the line. The Sharks field an amazingly strong side here as they continue to push the Dogs and Vulcans for top spot on the ladder while the Centurions will be looking to post their first win since Round 14 against the Jets and also arrest their slide down the ladder which has seen them go from a top four hope a few months back to a side that is desperately hanging on to a top eight spot. The Sharks will be experimenting with Beau Champion
in the six jersey here while the Centurions welcome back Peter Mata'utia
and Kyle O'Donnell
from the NRL and injury respectively. The Centurions should be desperate to return serve against the Sharks as they went down to Cronulla 21-20 courtesy of a last minute Tim Smith field goal way back in Round Two.
Game Breaker: Paul Aiton
- The PNG captain is finding out that you have to fight for your spot in first grade no matter what your name is. With both the Sharks NRL and NSW Cup sides going so well at present, competition for spots is immense and you only need look at this Sharks line up to understand that. Names like O'Neill, Quinn, Collis, Williams, Champion, Smith and Wright wouldn't look out of place in most NRL sides and Aiton now finds himself behind fellow Cronulla rakes in Morris and Flanagan at the Sharks. There are not too many prouder footballers running around than Paul Aiton
and you can expect him to be one of the Sharks best in the Cup, for however long as he is there.
: Impossible to tip against the Sharks given the talent they have at their disposal. Sharks by 8.
Wentworthville Magpies Vs Western Suburbs Magpies Ringrose Park
, Sunday, July 17
Referee: Henry Perenara
Broadcast: 2CCRfm 90.5FM (Link available via www.nswrl.com.au's Weekend Game-Cast)
: The Western Suburbs Magpies
head to Ringrose Park
full of confidence after they won their first match last weekend since coincidentally enough defeating Wenty back in Round 11. Wenty had been in good form leading into last weekend's match against Manly and would have been confident of another win however they were comprehensively beaten by a much more intense and clinical Sea Eagles outfit. The Magpies will have to continue on without the services of Josh Davis
however David Harris
and new recruit Marc Russell have been in excellent form and that can be expected to continue here while for Wenty, their forwards were ok last week but they will be looking for more from the backs after an average performance last week, particularly some poor decision making late in the tackle counts. With both of these sides not necessarily known for their blistering attack, this one could be won by the side left standing in the trenches.
Rhys Lenarduzzi - Lenarduzzi is the