Manly and Brisbane will both be desperate to wash away the sour taste of round four for vastly different reasons.
While the Sea Eagles were unlucky not to beat table-topping Parramatta, with the NRL conceding they shouldn't have been denied a game-winning try for a forward pass, the Broncos were shellacked 59-0 by the Roosters.
The heaviest defeat in the club's history has led to coach Anthony Seibold flagging selection changes and prop Matt Lodge admitting "some people aren’t as good as what we think".
Match: Sea Eagles v Broncos
Round 5 -
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
Sea Eagles: With Jorge Taufua and Curtis Sironen ruled out with injury, Tevita Funa starts on the wing and Corey Waddell is in the second row, with Taniela Paseka starting at prop, Addin Fonua-Blake moving back to the bench and Sean Keppie and Jack Gosiewski joining the interchange. Brendan Elliot and Morgan Boyle dropped out of the playing squad on game day. Manly have a fondness for Gosford – they have won eight of their past nine games at Central Coast Stadium.
Broncos: Corey Oates moves to the back row with Xavier Coates on the wing, Kotoni Staggs returns in place of Jesse Arthars, Matt Lodge and Joe Ofahengaue join the starting pack, Ben Te'o is added to the bench and Jamil Hopoate and Ethan Bullemor are shifted to the reserves. Bullemor and utility back Richie Kennar were omitted from the squad 24 hours before kick-off, and Jamil Hopoate and Tom Dearden dropped out of the 19-man squad on game day. The Broncos have won four of their past five games against the Sea Eagles.
Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom TrbojevicFullback for Broncos is number 1 Jamayne Isaako
Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben GarrickWinger for Broncos is number 2 Xavier Coates
Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad ParkerCentre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Moses SuliCentre for Broncos is number 4 Darius Boyd
Winger for Sea Eagles is number 20 Tevita FunaWinger for Broncos is number 5 Herbie Farnworth
Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Dylan WalkerFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-EvansHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie Croft
Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin TaupauProp for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny LeviHooker for Broncos is number 9 Cory Paix
Prop for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela PasekaProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Corey Oates
2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 15 Corey Waddell2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Joe Ofahengaue
Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake TrbojevicLock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Tesi Niu
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Lachlan CrokerInterchange for Broncos is number 15 Ben Te'o
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean KeppieInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Rhys Kennedy
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 19 Jack GosiewskiInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Thomas Flegler
- Referee: Ashley Klein
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Video Referee: Ben Galea
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
The battle of the forward packs is an enticing one. Judging by Lodge's bluntly honest media conference on Sunday, the Brisbane big men know they must make a statement. It's quite a test against Manly, who boast Addin Fonua-Blake, Martin Taupau and Jake Trbojevic in their engine room.