Round 3 Jersey Flegg Preview

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will be looking to overcome a poor start to the NSWRL Jersey Flegg season at Blacktown this afternoon.

The Sea Eagles – the defending premiers in the U20s competition – sit on the bottom of the ladder after two losses and take on the third place Cronulla Sharks in round three.

Manly lost 58-10 to Newcastle at Cessnock in the opening round before losing 38-6 to Parramatta at Lottoland last Sunday.

Sea Eagles Coach Wayne Lambkin said his team didn’t handle the adversity thrown at them by Newcastle in the first round and was very disappointed with the way his players backed it up against the Eels.

In a replay of the U20s decider last year that saw Manly field eight players from their grand final winning team, the Eels dominated the first half to lead 26-0 at half-time.

Manly has now conceded 96 points in their two matches for just 16 points scored.

The challenge won’t get any easier for the Sea Eagles against a Cronulla side that has won both of its matches this season.

The Sharks will also be out for a little bit of revenge after being eliminated by the Sea Eagles in the U20s finals last season after finishing the regular season as minor premiers.

Manly vs Cronulla

Sunday, March 25

1pm, HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown

Sea Eagles team

1 Zaan Weatherall

2 Alfred Smalley

3 Semisi Kioa

4 Tevita Funa

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 Kees Nicholson

16 Sosaia Talivakaola

17 Kurt Schultz

18 Finn Heath

19 Ben Gleeson