The Sea Eagles will head to the state of Victoria to take on the Melbourne Storm in what is shaping up to be a crucial ANZAC day clash for the Manly side.
Geoff Toovey’s men will be desperate to return to winning ways after slumping to another loss against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs last weekend.
This week in our head to head feature we look at the two high profile halfbacks that have the ability to change a game instantly with their intricate passing and kicking.
In the previous clash between the two sides in Round 2 of the current NRL season, Daly Cherry-Evans was in sensational form for the Silvertails and inspired his side to a nail bitting 24-22 win over the side from down south.
Brett Stewart was instrumental for the home side bagging a brace of tries while from the visitors end; Blake Green was their star man, collecting a double for the Storm. DCE clocked up two try assists and two line breaks as he ran amuck in the victory. His slick pass to Tom Symonds, which led to Brett Stewart’s try in the 30th minute, was a key highlight for the Brookvale faithful. His counterpart from the Storm was not so influential in the game with no try assists and no line breaks to his name.
Both players will be looking for a huge performance individually and as a team with State of Origin selection looming, it's sure to be an intriguing battle.
While Cherry-Evans may be younger than Cronk, the Sea Eagle put his body on the line for the Silvertails and played through pain to score in the 28-16 defeat by the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium last weekend.
Both players are great with the ball and can weave through opposing walls or play that defence splitting pass to open up teams. Both have fantastic kicking games and this could be a decisive factor in how the contest turns out on Saturday night at AAMI Park.
Kick off is at 6.15pm this Saturday the 25th April at AAMI Park, Melbourne. For fans not travelling to Melbourne, the game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.