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Round 3 Match Preview: Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs

Sunday is shaping up to be a special and memorable day at 4 Pines Park for the mighty Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

The Sea Eagles take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in round three of the Telstra Premiership at 6.15pm.

Let’s take a look at the big day through our ‘maroon and white glasses’.

Time to get moving!

The Sea Eagles will be looking to build on their much improved second half performance against the Sydney Roosters last week against the Bulldogs.

The opening two losses against premiership heavyweights Penrith and the Roosters were disappointing but there were enough positive signs in the second half against the Roosters to show the team can quickly bounce back.

After a long week of training where they had the chance to iron out some deficiencies, expect the true Sea Eagles to fire up at 4 Pines Park tomorrow. There is plenty of pride within this team, so get behind the boys and help lift them to victory. You do make a difference!

Fitting Tribute to Bob Fulton

The Club will officially open the new Bob Fulton Stand and the magnificent Centre of Excellence at 4 Pines Park.

The naming of the new Northern Grandstand is a fitting tribute to the wonderful legacy the great Bob Fulton left on his beloved Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

One of the original rugby league Immortals, Bob’s rugby league feats have been well documented.

Bob Fulton Highlights

The naming of the Bob Fulton Stand is a very proud moment for the Fulton family and for the next generations to come.

You think of the word ‘Legend’, and Bob Fulton was that, and much more. An incredible family man who gave his all for this proud club. 

No place like home

Sunday’s match will mark the first home game at 4 Pines Park since July 8 last year.

Sea Eagles Members, you have waited a long time for the return home, so don’t let this opportunity slip by.

Come on home...

You need to see for yourself the amazing transformation of your home ground. And this is just the beginning.

There is a brand new playing field that will be right up there with the best  in the NRL. It’s as green as you will see and it will prove to be a very fast surface in time.

The seats in the 3000 undercover Bob Fulton Stand are extremely comfortable and offer great views of the field. Try it for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

And as for the Centre of Excellence, it’s just mind blowing.

So, come on down, get behind your team and be part of this historic day for the Sea Eagles. 

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Team Lists


  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
    Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Braidon Burns
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Brent Naden
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Bulldogs is number 25 Aaron Schoupp
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Matt Burton
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Bulldogs is number 20 Brandon Wakeham


  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Sean Keppie
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
    Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Bulldogs is number 15 Corey Waddell
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Jack Hetherington
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 16 Andrew Davey
    2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Jackson


  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 12 Ethan Bullemor
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 8 Luke Thompson
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Bailey Biondi-Odo
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Max King
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Bulldogs is number 19 Chris Patolo


  • Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 20 Tolutau Koula
    Replacement for Bulldogs is number 7 Jake Averillo

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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The battle of the havles

There are quite a few interesting match-ups across the park, including the battle of the halves.

The Sea Eagles have the very experienced halves pairing of five-eighth Kieran Foran and half Daly Cherry-Evans, who will be looking to kick-start Manly's attack of the back of some much needed go forward from their forwards.

If they can dominate the middle, then the likes of Tom Trbojevic, Jason Saab and Reuben Garrick will get the room they need to produce their best.

The Bulldogs have a new young halves pairing of Matt Burton and Jake Averillo. Burton has kicked an average of 463 kick metres from the first two rounds and will be looking to test out Manly's back three with his towering high kicks.

Let’s Dance!

A Samoan dance group, led by the sister and relatives of the late Manly player Keith Titmuss (#623) as well as cousins of Josh Schuster, will perform a cultural dance and then form the Guard of Honour to welcome our Sea Eagles players onto the field prior to the NRL kick-off as part of the inaugural Multicultural Round.

250 and waiting

Respected two time Manly premiership winning Coach Des Hasler remains just one win away from a personal milestone.

A Sea Eagles victory against the Bulldogs will bring up 250 premiership career wins for Hasler. 

Hasler has coached Manly to 161 wins and had 88 wins coaching Canterbury.


Sunday's match will be the 134th game between these two proud clubs.

The Sea Eagles have won 70 of the 133 matches for 58 losses and five draws.

Manly's biggest winning margin against the Bulldogs was the 66-0 victory in round 16 last year. It remains Manly's highest ever win.

Match Highlights: Bulldogs v Sea Eagles

Canterbury's biggest ever win against Manly came in round 23, 2003, a 56-24 win at Brookvale.

Manly has won the past six matches against Canterbury dating back to 2018.

Acknowledgement of Country

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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