H2H | Taufua v Uate
The Sea Eagles return to Brookvale Oval for the first time since their clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round 3.
Geoff Toovey and his side are coming off the back of a massive win in Melbourne against the Storm, which has lifted team spirits.
The last time these two sides clashed was almost one year ago back in Round 10 of the 2014 season when Manly edged out 15-14 winners.
After clawing their way back from 10 points down late in the match, star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans produced one of the sweetest field goals to snatch a thrilling one-point victory on the buzzer to sink Newcastle's hearts.
Our Head to Head this week showcases Jorge Taufua against the Knight’s Akuila Uate.
Jorge Taufua made his return for the Sea Eagles against the Storm and backed it up with a brace of tries for Tonga in their clash with Samoa on the weekend.
Fijian-born Uate will be a tough competitor with the Newcastle winger having represented Fiji in 10 tests, five for Australia while also playing five games for New South Wales in State of Origin.
His performance for the Novocastrians against the Cowboys in the previous round was a highlight in the disappointing defeat to the North Queenslanders. His stats in the game were impressive, clocking up the highest number of running metres out of any player with a total of 196m. He also managed to make one line break and score one try.
The Sea Eagles will have to be on their game if they are to stop Uate from running riot down the wing at Brookvale.
While Taufua’s return for the Silvertails is a massive boost, the Manly faithful will be hoping that he can back up his form from the rep round to take into the clash at Brookvale on mother’s day. It will be the young wingers first home game of the season since suffering a knee injury during training and you can be sure that this will fire up the former Wentworthville junior.
An interesting statistic for Taufua is that in his previous two meetings with the Knights, the winger has scored five tries. Both matches were at Brookvale Oval and hopefully the Tongan international can maintain that form.
Both players’ ooze pace and strength, which allows them to bustle their way over the try line from out wide. It is sure to be a contest that could determine which team comes out on top.