Sea Eagles v Roosters

Manly Sea Eagles Coach Des Hasler is hoping to see an army of Sea Eagles supporters at Lottoland tomorrow night for his side’s first home match against reigning premiers Sydney Roosters.

With Lottoland in superb condition, Hasler wants to see plenty of maroon and white as Manly chase their first win of the season following last week’s opening round 20-6 loss to the Wests Tigers.

“The ground is in tip-top shape so we just need 18,000 to 20,000 tomorrow to fill it. That would be the start to a good evening,’’ Hasler said after the Captain’s Run at Lottoland this morning.

Lottoland was not a happy hunting ground for Manly in 2018 with the Sea Eagles winning just three games at their traditional home, something Captain Daly Cherry-Evans wants to amend this year.

“This is our first opportunity to play in front of our home fans this year. I’m sure they have got a couple of scars from last year with some of the games they had to watch,’’ Cherry-Evans said this week.

“We certainly will want to be improving on last season. We have got a new squad, we have a new coach, and hopefully, we are an improved side. We love for that to show this weekend in front of our home fans.”

The Sea Eagles will be looking to build on the positive signs against the Tigers with Manly turning in a strong defensive display in a match played in heavy conditions.

“Coming out of your own end in wet weather footy is pretty difficult to do. I felt that the amount of pressure we put ourselves under defensively, to keep them scoreless for such a long part of the game, was a real strong point for us,’’ Cherry-Evans added.

“Fatigue got us in the end there and they really rolled over the top of us in that last 15-20 minutes but for a large portion of that game, it was really something to watch and to be proud of as a side.”

Manly go into the match without prop Addin Fonua-Blake after he was suspended for one week following the Tigers match. Fonua-Blake’s presence will be missed up front after the Tongan international made 198 metres from 19 runs as well as 18 hit ups.

The Roosters go in on the back of a 26-16 loss to South Sydney but have won their last two clashes at Lottoland.

Prior to the 2017 victory, the Roosters had suffered 11 straight losses at Manly’s home ground. Overall, the Sea Eagles have won 84 of the 132 matches played at the ground

Manly second-rower Joel Thompson will play his 200th NRL game against the Sydney Roosters.

Thompson won the NRL team’s Players’ Player award last year in just his first season with Manly – the team he grew up supporting, so his milestone match is even more special for the hard-working representative forward.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brendan Elliot
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
    Centre for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brad Parker
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kane Elgey
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Toafofoa Sipley
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 17 Angus Crichton
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Roosters is number 14 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Manase Fainu
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Lindsay Collins
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Corey Waddell
    Interchange for Roosters is number 21 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Kelepi Tanginoa
    Interchange for Roosters is number 23 Lachlan Lam