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Rd 4 NRL PointsBet Preview vs Dragons

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they head to Wollongong to tackle the St George-Illawarra Dragons on Easter Saturday.

Following victories over South Sydney in Las Vegas and the Sydney Roosters at 4 Pines Park, the Sea Eagles went down 28-24 to the Parramatta Eels last weekend.

The Dragons will play their first home game at WIN Stadium in Wollongong for 2024 and head into the match on the back of two heavy losses.

We take a look at some of the key points for the Sea Eagles leading into the round four Telstra Premiership match at WIN Stadium.

309 not out

Brilliant Manly half-back and captain Daly Cherry-Evans will equal Cliff Lyons’ record of 309 games for Manly this weekend.

Lyons scored 336 points from 80 tries, five goals, and six field goals in a distinguished career for the Sea Eagles from 1986-1999.

The magical Cliff Lyons
The magical Cliff Lyons ©NRL Photos

An NRL Hall of Fame inductee, Lyons won a premiership with Manly in 1987 where he collected the  Clive Churchill Medal. He was also a two-time Dally M Medal winner for player of the year.

Cherry-Evans heads into the game with 85 tries and 171 goals, and holds the record for most field goals in the NRL era with 27.

He also holds the honour of being Manly's most capped captain with 162 games as skipper.

Two to go

Centre Reuben Garrick requires just two points to bring up 1000 points in his NRL career.

Garrick will become just the fifth Manly player to achieve the feat since the Club's inaugural year in 1947.

Touchdown....Reuben Garrick produces his Gronk spike try celebration in Las Vegas
Touchdown....Reuben Garrick produces his Gronk spike try celebration in Las Vegas ©NRL Photos

He will join Graham Eadie (1917 points), Jamie Lyon (1410), Bob Batty (1158) and Matthew Ridge (1093) on the club's record books.

Ironically, the milestone is set to be achieved against the Dragons, who he played U20s and NSW Cup with before joining Manly in 2019 in search of a first grade opportunity.

'Turbo time' 

Manly full-back Tom Trbojevic will play his first game in Wollongong since June, 2018, when he takes on the Dragons.

'Turbo' has started the season strongly with 14 tackle breaks, one line break, one try and two try assists for an average of 208 run metres per game.

He currently sits third in the 2024 Dally M Leaderboard after three rounds.

Last Time in Wollongong

The Sea Eagles recorded a 24-18 victory over the Dragons in what was Cherry-Evans' 300th NRL game for Manly and the 100th NRL game for Sea Eagles hooker Lachlan Croker.

It was Manly's first win in Wollongong since 2003.

Game Day Times

11.30am Jersey Flegg: Dragons vs Sea Eagles, Michael Cronin Oval, Gerringong 

3.10pm NSW Cup: Dragons vs Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, WIN Stadium (Fox League/Kayo)

5.30pm NRL: Dragons vs Sea Eagles (Fox League/Kayo)




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