The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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With 3 points covering teams 3 to 11 on the Telstra Premiership table, Round 19 sees a very important clash between Manly-Warringah and St George-Illawarra at Brookvale Oval this Sunday afternoon. Saints will be without the suspended Trent Barrett after he almost lost his face in a highly controversial incident from last Friday night?s game against Parramatta. While he didn?t get injured, his retaliation resulted in the match review committee giving him a one-match ban.
Victory is critical for Saints this Sunday. Daniel Holdsworth comes in for Barrett who also welcome back Mark Gasnier from a groin strain but are still missing the ever-reliable Ben Hornby. Hornby?s value to the side can be emphasised by the fact that in the last three games Saints have lost, he has either not played (Parramatta) or been injured when the game was in the balance (Melbourne and Wests). If Saints are to be a challenger in this competition, it is time for them to snap out of their mid-season slump. Similarly, Manly have had a tough period themselves so this promises to be a close encounter and ultimately the most desperate team will get the crucial competition points.
For those travelling out by public transport, catch a train to Circular Quay and then catch a ferry across to Manly. Cityrail information can be found at www.cityrail.info and the ferry timetable for Sunday can be found at: CLICK HERE
TICKET PRICES & WHERE ARE THE ARMY SITTING: The Army will be sitting on the hill on the Southern 20-30 metre line. So wear your red and white proud, get out there with your flags and banners and fire our lads up.
Tickets can be purchased at Ticketek through: CLICK HERE or on the phone on (02) 92664800 or at any Ticketek outlet. Tickets range from $20-$40 for adults and $10-$30 for concessions. The $8 away season ticket holder concession is available at the gate on Sunday.
Jersey Flegg kicks off at 11.15am, Premier League at 12.45pm and the main game is at 3.00pm.
BEST PUBS: Manly Leagues Club is adjacent to the ground and would appear a logical choice for a beer or three after the ferry over and before the ferry back to the City.