It might be a ‘home’ game on the Gold Coast but for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Cbus Super Stadium is very much a happy hunting ground for the club.
On Friday night, the Sea Eagles take on the St George-Illawarra Dragons at Cbus Super Stadium instead of 4 Pines Park after the NRL relocated 12 clubs to keep the Telstra Premiership going due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.
Manly is set up in a team hub environment on the Sunshine Coast along with the Sydney Roosters, Newcastle Knights, and Penrith Panthers.
The Sea Eagles have a great strike rate at Cbus Super Stadium at Robina, winning eight of their 12 matches (66.67%) with the Dragons claiming six wins from 10 matches (60%).
Manly will also have fond memories from their last game at Cbus Stadium on June 20 where they recorded their biggest ever win at the venue, a thrilling 56-24 victory over the Gold Coast Titans.
Trailing 24-8 at half-time after a perfect first half display from the Titans, the Sea Eagles ran in nine second half tries to score 48 unanswered points.
It was a day which saw winger Reuben Garrick score four tries to put his name in the club’s record books for most tries in a match, joining the likes of Immortal Bob Fulton, Ken Irvine, Russel Gartner and Steve Menzies to name a few.
Brilliant full-back Tom Trbojevic scored three tries in the win to record his third hat-trick for Manly.
The Sea Eagles are also on a current three game winning streak at Cbus Super Stadium compared to the Dragons’ one match streak.
Manly’s longest ever winning streak at the Robina venue is three games compared to the Dragons two.
Another great benefit for Manly, and one that is never underestimated and always appreciated by the team, is the huge amount of Sea Eagles Members and supporters who traditionally converge on Cbus Super Stadium to get behind their club.
Following the win over the Titans, one of the major talking points amongst the Sea Eagles players was how incredibly loud the ‘Manly, Manly, Manly’ chant was that echoed around the ground.
It certainly turned the ‘away’ match into a real home game feel.
And based on the tremendous support from previous games at Cbus Super Stadium, it should be no different tomorrow night.
The Manly vs Dragons clash is the second game of an NRL Double Header at Cbus Super Stadium. Kick-off is 8.05pm following the Gold Coast Titans versus Parramatta Eels match at 6pm.