Will history repeat itself at ‘The Fortress’, Brookvale Oval, on Monday, March 21, when the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks head to a very unhappy hunting ground?
The Sharks have not beaten the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval since March 15 of the 2008 season and have won just five times at the ground. Manly have beaten the Sharks on 32 occassions at Brookvale with just one match drawn.
On that particular Saturday night, the Sea Eagles led 8-6 at half-time before the Sharks went on to win 16-10 through tries to Bryson Goodwin and Brett Kearney in front of a crowd of 15, 424.
Ironically, Kearney today is working for the Sea Eagles as a Business Development Executive in the corporate sales team.
The only two surviving players from the Sea Eagles line up that night are full-back Brett Stewart and captain Jamie Lyon, who played five-eighth in the match. The referee was Jared Maxwell.
Furthermore, the last time the Sharks beat the Sea Eagles was in 2012, a 17-14 victory at their home ground.
As for Monday night football, the last time the Sharks won away was in 2008.
Both teams will again play for the Steve Rogers Memorial Trophy, named in honour of the former great Sharks, NSW and Australian player.
Rogers had many great friends at the Sea Eagles in Bob Fulton and Max Krilich with the teams playing for the trophy the first time they meet each season in a premiership match.
Manly Warringah currently hold the trophy following last year’s win at Brookvale Oval.
The Sea Eagles are also offering the chance for supporters to purchase a general admission ticket for just $19.78 - that's a huge saving of 30%.
The $19.78 Adult Ticket has an option to redeem up to 2 free Junior tickets. Junior tickets must be redeemed online or over the phone during the purchase process.
This offer will run until Midnight Sunday March 20. On Game day Adult tickets will return to the regular Game Day price, with no complimentary Junior ticket available.
Head to Head records
Played 86: Manly 61, Cronulla 23, drawn 2
At Brookvale Oval
Played 38: Manly 32, Cronulla 5, drawn 1
1973: Manly d Cronulla 10-7
1978: 11-all draw; Manly 16 d Cronulla 0 (Grand Final Replay)
Past 8 clashes
2015: Manly d Cronulla 14-12, Remondis Stadium; Manly d Cronulla 28-16, Brookvale Oval
2014: Manly d Cronulla 26-0, Remondis Stadium; Manly d Cronulla 24-4, Brookvale Oval.
2013: Manly d Cronulla 24-18, Allianz Stadium; Manly d Cronulla 25-18, Brookvale Oval
2012: Cronulla d Manly 17-14, Toyota Stadium
2011: Manly d Cronulla 19-13, Toyota Stadium
Match Day Times for Sharks game
Gates open: 4.40pm
Holden Cup Kick-off: 4.45pm
NRL Kick-off: 7pm.
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