Round 2 Jersey Flegg Preview

The chance to redeem themselves in a grand final replay in front of their home crowd may just be what Manly is looking for in today’s Jersey Flegg clash against Parramatta.

The Sea Eagles started their premiership defence in the U20s competition with a horrible 58-10 loss to the Newcastle Knights at Cessnock Sportsground last Saturday.

Manly Coach Wayne Lambkin said the team just didn’t measure up.

“We trailed 6-4 after 20 minutes and were then down 30-4 at half-time,’’ Lambkin said.

“Seven minutes after half-time, we were down 42-4.

“We didn’t handle the adversity. We had a player drop the ball over the line when we were down 6-4 because he wanted to push off a defender.

“Then we threw an intercept pass on the second tackle after a penalty. From there, we didn’t see the ball until after half-time.

“We were not able to transition into the next part of the game by making a set of six and getting the ball back.  We just let errors get on top of us.”

Lambkin said the players were looking to bounce back at Lottoland against the Parramatta Eels after a positive week at training.

The Sea Eagles beat the Eels in the final minute of last year’s U20s Grand Final.

Their attitude has been good. We have done a lot of work on the areas where we were poor.

Coach Wayne Lambkin

“We enjoy playing against Parramatta and we built up a bit of a rivalry there last year. I’m sure the boys will be up for the game.”

Manly will have nine players in Alfred Smalley, Tevita Funa, Semisi Kioa, Bilal Maarbani, Cade Cust, Jaiden Tarrant, Blake Andrews, Haumole Olakau’atu and Michael Fenn in the side to play Parramatta from the grand final winning team.

The Eels will have five players in Noel Aukafolau, Dylan Brown, Sean Keppie, Oregon Kaufusi and Dylan Clifford from their grand final side.

Jersey Flegg Rd 2

Manly v Parramatta

Sunday, March 18, 1.50pm kick-off, Lottoland

Sea Eagles team

1 Zaan Weatherall

2 Alfred Smalley

3 Tevita Funa

4 Semisi Kioa

5 Bilal Maarbani

6 Luke Metcalf

7 Cade Cust (c)

8 Jaiden Tarrant

9 Max Barry

10 John Tuivaiti

11 Blake Andrews

12 Haumole Olakau’atu

13 Jordan Main

Interchange

14 Michael Fenn

15 Sosaia Talivakaola

16 Kees Nicholson

17 Kurt Schultz

18 Finn Heath