Manly and Parra – here we go again!
For the second time this season, these two great rivals clash once more in the Telstra Premiership,
And yes, it was just five rounds ago!
Today's game at ANZ Stadium marks just over a month since the Sea Eagles recorded a 54-0 victory over the Eels in their first home game of the season at Lottoland.
Playing Parramatta at ANZ Stadium won't hold any fears for Sea Eagles fans. There is no history there between them as it will be the first time the clubs have played a premiership match against each other at Sydney Olympic Park.
However, the Sea Eagles will be hoping for a change in fortune when they walk back into the away team dressing rooms. The last time Manly played there, the team was on the end of a horrible loss to Souths.
So, what awaits this time around?
The Sea Eagles will face a desperate Parramatta side with an 0-6 record as they search for their first victory. Fresh in their minds will be that disaster at Lottoland, so any extra motivation won't be a problem in what is a danger game for the men in the maroon and white jersey.
For Manly, it is a case of bouncing back hard from disappointing losses to the Gold Coast Titans and the Wests Tigers as they look to build on their two wins from six games record this season.
And a week off adversity off the field may just be the spark to ignite the team once more.
Missing today from the Sea Eagles side from the big win over the Eels in round two are injured forwards Kelepi Tanginoa, Curtis Sironen, injured winger Jorge Taufua, and Jackson Hastings (Blacktown Workers).
All is set for another fascinating battle between these two old foes.
Cue that Tooheys commercial song!
'So, here we go again...Manly and Parra'.
Manly vs Parramatta
Sunday, April 22
ANZ Stadium, 2pm
Head to Head
Played 138: Manly 83, Parramatta 51, 4 draws
Match: Eels v Sea Eagles
Round 7 -
Venue: ANZ Stadium