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ELMO Match Preview:  Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will be looking to keep building momentum in the run home to the finals against the Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Coach Des Hasler’s men sit in sixth place on the Telstra Premiership ladder on 22 points with 10 wins from 17 games.

The Sea Eagles are two points behind the fifth placed Sydney Roosters and four points clear of the seventh placed St George-Illawarra Dragons with seven rounds remaining of the regular season.

The Wests Tigers sit in 12th place on 14 points with six wins from 17 matches.

Here is a look at some of the key points for the Sea Eagles-Tigers match.

The Last Encounter

Saturday night’s match will be the second clash of the season between the two clubs.

Three tries in five minutes saw the Sea Eagles record a crushing 40-6 victory over the Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium in the Round Seven Anzac Day match at Bankwest Stadium in April.

The win made it three straight victories for Manly who built on an 18-6 half-time lead to cruise home with 22 unanswered points in the second half. Captain and half-back Daly Cherry-Evans scored two tries in the win.

Match Highlights: Wests Tigers v Sea Eagles

The troops are returning

Manly welcome back Cherry-Evans and brilliant full-back Tom Trbojevic after both were rested from last week’s 32-18 win over St George-Illawarra Dragons.

Jake Trobjevic is set to play his first game since suffering a glute injury in the 50-18 win over the Cowboys at 4 Pines Park in round 14.

Prop Josh Aloiai will be itching to go in his return from a wrist injury after last playing against Penrith in Bathurst in round eight.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Junior Pauga
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tommy Talau
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Taniela Paseka
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 James Tamou
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Josh Schuster
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Thomas Mikaele

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tukimihia Simpkins
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Moses Mbye
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Toafofoa Sipley
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Alex Seyfarth

Reserves

  • Reserve for Sea Eagles is number 18 Moses Suli
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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The big men

Look out for big games from Manly props and former Wests Tigers players Taniela Paseka, Martin Taupau, and Josh Aloiai.

Players always ‘lift’ against their old clubs and enjoy nothing better than getting one over their old outfit.

Paseka has been in damaging form this season in the NRL, averaging 119 metres and 26 offloads.

Taupau continues to lead from up front with his hard running and offloads while Aloiai will bring plenty of aggression in his first game back.

Points galore

Manly wingers Jason Saab and Reuben Garrick along with full-back Tom Trbojevic have been on a tryscoring roll this season.

Saab has crossed for 16 tries in 17 games, Trbojevic 14 tries in nine games, and Garrick 14 tries in 17 games.

Tigers winger David Nofoaluma has scored 12 tries in 17 games and last week became the joint-venture club’s all-time leading tryscorer.

Garrick is the premiership’s leading pointscorer with 198 points. The 24-year-old needs just 10 points to become the 13th player for Manly to break 500 points for the club. He is also bout to enter Manly’s top 10 list of players to have scored the most points in a season.

The Run In

The Sea Eagles have won four of their last five games, racking up over 50 points in their big wins over Canterbury-Bankstown, Gold Coast, and Nth Qld.

Match Highlights: Bulldogs v Sea Eagles

They head into the Tigers match with a last start 32-18 win over St George-Illawarra Dragons on the Gold Coast.

Wests Tigers have won two of their past five matches, including suffering three straight heavy leaves to South Sydney, Melbourne, and Parramatta.

The Tigers will take some confidence from their 42-24 win over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium last Sunday.

The Venue

The Sea Eagles haver won nine of their 19 matches at Suncorp (47.37%) with the Wests Tigers winning eight from 16 matches (50%)

Manly recorded their biggest ever win at Suncorp in round 10 this year with a 50-6 win over the Brisbane Broncos.

Head-to-Head

Last 5 games

Rd 7, 2021: Manly 40 d Wests Tigers 6, Bankwest Stadium

Rd 17, 2020:  Wests Tigers 34 d Manly 32, Brookvale

Rd 22, 2019: Sea Eagles 32 d Wests Tigers 12, Brookvale

Rd 1, 2019: Wests Tigers 20 d Manly 6, Leichhardt Oval

Rd 24, 2018: Wests Tigers 22 d Manly 20, Campbelltown Stadium

Biggest wins

Sea Eagles: 34 points, Rd 7, 2021: 40-6 at Bankwest Stadium

Wests Tigers: 26 points, Rd 4, 2003: 38-12 at Brookvale

Tickets

Tickets to Saturday's double header are available at Ticketek