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The Warriors host Manly with nothing on the line but pride and a shot at finishing the season with a modest promotion in the NRL's pecking order.

With the team teams locked together on 14 points Manly edge ahead into 11th on the ladder by virtue of a measly five points in for-and-against differential.

Ahead of them the Titans and Wests Tigers are both facing finals sides but short of the Gold Coast being routed by Newcastle, in combination with a lopsided victory of their own, the best Sunday's winner can hope for is 10th place.

The Warriors go into the clash as underdogs with the bookies but the resilient Kiwis, who have overcome so much in 2020, will fancy their chances against an injury ravaged Sea Eagles side that fell back into its bad habit of giving up big scores last round in their 42-24 loss to Gold Coast.

The rundown

Team news

Warriors: Will start 1-17 after Josh Curran and Paul Turner were the two players left out an hour before the match. In a positional switch, Tohu Harris will start at prop and Isaiah Papali'i in the second row.

Peta Hiku will switch to fullback after a hamstring injury to captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Patrick Herbert is set to return on the wing and Hayze Perham will shift to centre. Eliesa Katoa returns with Jack Murchie bumped to the bench.

Jamayne Taunoa-Brown will return from suspension on the interchange.

Tom Ale and Gerard Beale were omitted from the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off. The Warriors have won three of their past four games against Manly.

Sea Eagles: Manly will start 1-17 after Ben Trbojevic and Toafofoa Sipley were omitted 60 minutes before kick-off.

Fullback Tom Trbojevic is out with a shoulder injury, so Tevita Funa will drop to the back while winger Reuben Garrick is named to return from his shoulder issue. Abbas Miski will start on the other wing with Albert Hopoate dropping to the interchange.

Taniela Paseka is named to start at prop with Morgan Boyle reverting to the pine. Corey Waddell will start in the second row with Jack Gosiewski out. Haumole Olakau'atu is the new face on the bench.

Luke Metcalf and Sione Fainu were omitted from the extended bench on Saturday. Manly have conceded an average of 34 points per game since Round 12.

Key match-up

Peta Hiku v Morgan Harper: Former Manly centre Hiku matches up against one of the newest Sea Eagles in an intriguing clash. Hiku began his NRL career with Manly, scoring 28 of his 52 career four-pointers while playing 60 games between 2013 and 2015.

He has eight tries this season including a double against Canberra last round and one against the Sea Eagles in round 13.

Harper has impressed mightily since joining Manly after playing a single game in each of the 2018 and 2019 seasons with Canterbury. He scored a double on his Sea Eagles debut in round 17 against Wests Tigers and crossed again the following week against his old club.

Stat attack

The tables have turned in this rivalry with Manly having won only one of their past four clashes after prevailing in 13 of the preceding 14 games between the two sides. Last time out the New Zealanders triumphed 26-22 at Lottoland after leading 20-10 at the break. Patrick Herbert crossed for a double in the five-tries-to-four victory. 

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