The early Sunday afternoon NRL game has the St. George Illawarra Dragons traveling to Brookvale to take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Lottoland.
Both sides come into this game in winning form with the Sea Eagles accounting for the Cowboys in Townsville last week and the Dragons being far too good for the struggling Bulldogs outfit.
The Sea Eagles win last week was impressive. They started the game slowly and found themselves down by 12 points at the break.
They roared back into it in the second half, however, scoring a couple of tries and keeping the Cowboys scoreless, leaving them in front as the final siren sounded.
After an injury absence, the Dragons welcomed back Corey Norman to the fold and he certainly made a difference to the fluency of their attack.
Norman had a hand in a few tries as the Dragons laid on 36 points to comfortably defeat the hapless Bulldogs side. They were in control at halftime, leading by 12, but they eventually doubled the margin in the second half to run away with a 24 point win.
Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm along the coastal fringe. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then tending southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening. Max 16. (per the Bureau of Meteorology)
Des Hasler is 6-2 (W/L) against Paul McGregor.
The Dragons have won the last four games between these sides.
Player Changes / Milestones:
Sea Eagles: IN Brendan Elliot, Kane ElgeyOUT Nil
Dragons: IN Jordan Pereira, Lachlan Maranta, Luciano LeiluaOUT Zac Lomax
Per NRL.com.au – accurate at the time of publishing, but subject to change
Key stats / trends:
Sea Eagles: W/L 7-6 (all), 4-3 (home). Line performance 8-5 (all), 4-3 (home).
The Dragons have the best line win percentage for the season to date.
Dragons: W/L 5-7 (all), 3-4 (away). Line performance 4-8 (all), 3-4 (away).
The Dragons last three away games have gone OVER the game total.
This is probably the best side Manly has put on the paddock this season, with all the stars in place and an emerging talent in Cade Cust. The Dragons, on the other hand, are short here, missing James Graham, Tim Lafai and Gareth Widdop.
While the Dragons looked better last week, this will be a real test for them. They may have turned the corner now, but we remain unconvinced for now.
Line: Sea Eagles -4.5 $1.91 (Bet365)
Total: Over 40.5 $1.91 (Bet365)
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