Rd10 PREVIEW: Sea Eagles v Knights
MANLY WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Round 10 - 2014 NRL Premiership
Monday 19th May, 2014 – Brookvale Oval
NRL Kick-Off 7:00pm
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After the disappointment of last week’s painful loss to Melbourne, the Sea Eagles will look to bounce back against a Newcastle side struggling for from in 2014.
The Knights sit second last on the competition ladder following consecutive losses to the Broncos, Bulldogs and the Panthers, while their opposition are nicely positioned in second place despite last week’s setback.
Not for the first time this season the Sea Eagles gave up a commanding lead to drop their second game against the Storm this season.
Renowned for their fast starts, especially inside the opening 20 minutes, the Sea Eagles will place plenty of emphasis on playing for the full 80 minutes as the prepare for their first Monday night game of the year.
There is no hiding from the fact that Newcastle have been nothing short of ordinary this season. But have no doubt, Wayne Bennett will have his troops fired up for an unlikely upset at Brookvale Oval as they look to begin their charge back up the NRL ladder.
In recent years, Manly have had Newcastle’s measure, winning four of their last five matches and remain unbeaten since the inception of the diabetes jersey in 2012, which was created by Brett Stewart and David Williams to promote diabetes awareness.
Overall, Manly have won 26 of their 45 clashes against the knights, including their most recent victory in round two last season, keeping their opposition scoreless in a clinical display at Brookvale Oval.
Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey has named an unchanged line-up, with Brett Stewart to remain as captain in the absence of Jamie Lyon, while Jack Littlejohn keeps his place in the side with Kieran Foran still out with a knee injury.
Newcastle forwards Willie Mason and Korbin Sims return from suspension, while Jeremy Smith remains unavailable due to a knee injury.