Photo by Colin Whelan copyright © nrlphotos.com :     Try scorer, Steve Matai skips away from James Graham and Josh Reynolds                         NRL Rugby League, Round 13 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Sydney Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval, Friday June 6th 2014.

MANLY WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES v SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Round 17 - 2014 NRL Premiership

Friday 4th July, 2014 – ANZ Stadium

NRL Kick-Off 7:45pm

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Front-runners Manly will travel to ANZ Stadium on Friday night in a bid to maintain their ascendency at the top of the ladder following a golden past month of football.

Victories over Canterbury, Cronulla and the Roosters have the Sea Eagles flying high at the top of the ladder as the form team of the competition.

But have no doubt, despite overcoming arguably their biggest test of the season last Friday night against the Roosters, the Sea Eagles will have their work cut out against a Canterbury outfit fresh from the week off.

Do not let the Bulldogs’ recent form fool you. They may have lost three of their past four matches, but coach Des Hasler will have little trouble in getting his boys up for Friday night’s top-four clash against his former club.

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There has been no love lost between these two famous clubs since Halser’s exit from Manly to Canterbury in 2012. The two sides have collided six times since his departure, winning three games a piece.

These two clubs met earlier this month in a match the Sea Eagles dominated thanks to a man of the match performance from fullback Brett Stewart.

On a wet and muddy night in Brookvale, the Sea Eagles scored five tries to two in an impressive attacking display in slippery conditions from Geoff Toovey’s men.

Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey is expected to name Jack Littlejohn at halfback to replace Daly Cherry-Evans on Origin duties, while James Hasson is likely to make a full recovery after leaving the field with concussion last week.

The Bulldogs have struggled without their halves pairing in Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds during the Origin period and will face the red-hot Sea Eagles without the duo on Friday night.