The third Rivalry Round showdown on Saturday night has the Sharks hosting the Sea Eagles at Toyota Stadium.
Cronulla aren’t playing great footy this year, again, and Origin really smacked them around over the last fortnight as they recorded two big losses to the Bulldogs and then the Knights. They just haven’t had the confidence or the points to do any damage, but back at full strength this week they look a little sharper.
Manly are out of the top eight thanks to back-to-back losses of their own including their close 22 – 24 defeat by the Raiders last week. They really need to win this one to crawl back into finals contention, so keep in mind how desperately they want this when placing your footy bets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Sea Eagles thrashed the Sharks 40 – 12 back in Round 5, but they were on a winning streak early in the season that has come to a halt recently.
Playing at Shark Park is a big advantage for Cronulla here and gives them a good chance, better than what a lot of people expect.
Ladder position and history, the Sea Eagles having won seven of the last 10 between these two, have seen Manly installed as the pronounced favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au currently at $1.45 for a win.
But we are going against the grain here and saying the Sharks with their strong forward pack and resolute skipper, at the very juicy odds of $2.75, can swim enough circles around the Sea Eagles early on to win this.
Footy Tip of the Match – Sharks to lead at half-time and full time at $4.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
Manly, who started the season with strong first halves leading at the break in 11 of their first 12 matches, have recently been slow from the gates trailing at half-time in their last four games. Because of this we are saying the Half Time / Full Time result will be the Sharks / Sharks at $4.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Sharks $2.75 – Sea Eagles $1.45 Ladbrokes.com.au
Round 19 Sharks Team:
1. Nathan Gardner 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Dean Collis 4. Ben Pomeroy 5. Luke Covell 6. Trent Barrett 7. John Morris 8. Kade Snowden 9. Paul Aiton 10. Luke Douglas 11. Grant Millington 12. Anthony Tupou 13. Paul Gallen
Bench: 14. Jash Cordoba 15. Broderick Wright 16. Taulima Tautai 17. Siosaia Vave
Round 19 Sea Eagles Team:
1. Ben Farrar 2. Michael Robertson 3. Jamie Lyon 4. Steve Matai 5. Tony Williams 6. Kieran Foran 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Jason King 9. Matt Ballin 10. Josh Perry 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Shane Rodney 13. Glenn Stewart
Bench: 14. Joe Galuvao 15. Brent Kite 16. George Rose 17. Chris Bailey
Reserve: 18. Matt Cross