Rd18 preview: Sea Eagles v Tigers
MANLY WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES v WESTS TIGERS
Round 18 - 2014 NRL Premiership
Friday 11th July, 2014 – Brookvale Oval
NRL Kick-Off 7:45pm
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After the disappointment of last week’s shock loss to the Bulldogs, the Sea Eagles will be out to turn the screws as they face the Tigers at Brookvale Oval.
The Sea Eagles were expected to cruise past the Dogs last Friday night, but a gutsy Canterbury outfit denied Manly a golden chance to extend their lead at the top of the NRL ladder.
The 23-16 defeat, just their fifth of the season, saw Manly lose their stranglehold on top of the competition following Penrith’s convincing win over the Tigers last Sunday.
The Tigers began season 2014 having won five of their first seven starts, including the prize scalp of Manly in round five. However, since then, the joint venture have struggled to recapture the form that saw them climb into the top four.
The Tigers have only managed three wins since round eight and have been severely hampered by injuries and Origin callings in recent weeks.
But if there is one thing that we’ve learnt with Mick Potter’s men this season, it’s that they won’t die wondering. Despite a mid-season slump, the Tigers will provide a stern test for the Sea Eagles as they look to get their campaign back on track on Friday night.
Out-muscled and out-enthused earlier this season, the Sea Eagles were blown off the park by the Tigers, leaking in 26 unanswered points in a performance rarely seen by Geoff Toovey’s men.
But have no doubt, the Sea Eagles will not allow a repeat of that forgettable performance on that miserable day in Leichhardt, as they vow to lift their game in a bid to maintain their ascendency at the top end of the ladder.
The Tigers travel to Brookvale for the first time in five years and will need to break an 11-year drought at the venue to upset the Sea Eagles.