JFlegg Preview | Round 12

A constant changing team is one of the many challenges the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are facing in the Jersey Flegg competition this season.

Sitting in 10th place on the 12 team ladder, the Sea Eagles have won three from nine matches but a congested U20s table sees Manly just one point off eighth place.

Sea Eagles Coach Wayne Lambkin said it has been a struggle to field the same team each week due to injuries and form.

"We have got changes all the time. Until we can get four to five weeks of having the same team out on the field and getting a couple boys back into the side, it is going to remain a bit of a roller coaster ride for us,'' Lambkin said.

"It is about getting some consistency in what we do. You won't get any better if you don't have any consistency about you. You will just go backwards and forwards all year and get nowhere."

Making the challenge even more difficult is the fact the Sea Eagles have played just one match at their spiritual home ground of Lottoland.

Manly have almost become the 'Travelling Wilburys' of the competition with matches played at Cessnock, Blacktown, Cabramatta, the Central Coast, and Auckland, to name a few. However, they are not at the 'end of the line' just yet.

The Sea Eagles will play the Warriors in a home game at HE Laybutt Field at Blacktown this Saturday in round 11. Manly beat the Warriors 26-6 in round six to record their first win of the season.
Manly go into the game on the back of a 30-24 win over North Sydney Bears at Leichhardt Oval last Saturday in which full-back and captain Tevita Funa scored a try and kicked five goals from five attempts for a personal tally of 14 points.

Half-back Luke Metcalf scored two of Manly's five tries.

Manly vs Warriors

HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown

Saturday, May 26, 11am

Sea Eagles season

Rd 1: lost to Newcastle 58-10, Cessnock Sportsground

Rd 2: lost to Parramatta 38-6, Lottoland

Rd 3: lost to Cronulla Sharks 18-16, HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown

Rd 4: lost to Mounties 28-12, Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook

Rd 5: lost to Parramatta 22-14, New Era Stadium, Cabramatta

Rd 6: beat NZ Warriors 26-6, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

Rd 7: beat Sydney Roosters 34-10, Berkeley Vale Oval, Berkeley Vale

Rd 8: lost to Bulldogs 60-20, Belmore Sports Ground.

Rd 9-10: no matches

Rd 11: beat North Sydney Bears 30-24, North Sydney Oval.