Top 5 match-ups in 2015
Parramatta v Manly - Parramatta Stadium, Rd1
Since that infamous Brookvale clash almost two years go, the Parramatta, Manly rivalry has exploded.
It took just one punch in round 17 of 2013 to reignite the bitter rivalry that began so long ago between these two famous clubs.
Parramatta’s Mitchell Allgood landed a series of punches to the face of Manly’s Steve Matai, which restored a fierce rivalry.
But when the two sides meet in round one, much attention in the build up will focus on Anthony Watmough as he faces his former club for the first time in Parramatta colours.
Manly v Melbourne - Brookvale Oval, Rd2
No matter their form or position on the NRL ladder, there is nothing quite like the modern day rivalry between two of the league’s most successful clubs in the past decade.
Back to back grand final meetings in 2007 and 2008 would see these two clubs form a healthy rivalry still to this day.
The Sea Eagles hold a fairly even record against the Storm in recent years, however in both fixtures last season, Melbourne were able to steal the chocolates in heart-breaking fashion for the men in maroon and white.
Manly v Wests Tigers - Brookvale Oval, Rd15
The Sea Eagles and Tigers couldn’t have played in two more contrasting matches than they did in 2014.
Manly travelled to Leichhardt in round five expected to leave with their fourth consecutive victory of the season.
But a spirited Tigers outfit, led by their captain Robbie Farah, out-muscled and out-enthused their opposition as they claimed their biggest win of the season.
However, when the Tigers ventured into Brookvale in round 18, Farah’s men were on the receiving end of a drubbing.
Following the 40-8 mauling of the Tigers, many experts tipped Geoff Toovey’s men to go one better than they did in 2013.
Souths Sydney v Manly - ANZ Stadium, Rd16
There is no doubt the Sea Eagles will circle this game on their calendar. While South Sydney and Manly have had some epic clashes dating back to the infamous 1970 Grand Final, a more recent rivalry has emerged elevating their clashes to blockbuster status.
Add to the mix the highly publicised move of former favourite son Glenn Stewart from the northern beaches to Redfern and you have a recipe for sporting theatre.
"I don’t quite know what it is about Souths, but even with a slightly different squad they’re going to be as strong as ever," Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon said.
"Especially now with Glenn Stewart in there – he’s such a good player and I reckon he’ll add a different dimension to their game.
"They're big and strong through the middle, so with ‘Gift’ on the edges feeding their quality halves and then Greg Inglis at the back, they’re going to take some stopping. But we’ll be up for the challenge, that’s for sure."
Manly v Roosters - Brookvale Oval, Rd25
Sea Eagles fans still haven’t forgotten about the 2013 grand final heartache.
Manly have gone some way to mending the pain from that memorable grand final, defeating last year’s premiers in both fixtures last season. However, the pain of losing a grand final will never completely go away.
The Sea Eagles will meet the Roosters for the first time in round 25 at Brookvale Oval, minus Sonny bill Williams.