The year’s biggest game of Rugby League plays out this Sunday night with the NRL Grand Final 2013 taking centre stage at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium with the minor premiership winning Sydney Roosters taking on a rough and tough Manly Sea Eagles outfit.
With kick off scheduled as 7:15pm (AEST) Sunday night is going to be an absolute cracker, a blockbuster clash likely to feel like a game of footy from the 80’s with plenty of guts.
NRL Grand Final Tip: Roosters by 4 points
NRL Grand Final Facts
- Who: Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles
- Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
- When: Sunday October 6
- Time: 7:15pm (AEST) kick off
Over the past 29 weeks we’ve been treated to 200 games of the NRL Telstra Premiership season and now the 16 clubs have been whittled down to the top two.
Who Is There –
- Sydney Roosters (Coach: Trent Robinson)
- Manly Sea Eagles (Coach: Geoff Toovey)
It’s been 11 years since the Chooks enjoyed their last Grand Final win, and they will be looking to break the drought against arguably one of the best big game teams of the past decade.
The Roosters really have set the benchmark this season under novice coach Trent Robinson and have been firing on all cylinders in attack and defense.
Their performance saw Robinson snare Dally M Coach of the Year at this week’s awards.
They’ve also been boosted by the signing of the mighty Sonny Bill Williams as well as newbies to the squad Luke O’Donnell, James Maloney and Michael Jennings.
But will it be the red hot team form-wise or the experienced warhorses that get the job done on Sunday?
Manly really do know how to shake-up an opposition’s confidence, their imposing record when it comes to finals time just that – imposing.
And the fact that fir the first time in the club’s history Manly will have six players running out on Sudnay who have played for the club in four separate grand finals: Brent Kite, Steve Matai, Anthony Watmough, Jamie Lyon and Brett & Glenn Stewart
How They Got There –
The Sea Eagles have had to fight their way to this game however unlike the Roosters who’ve sailed into the Grand Final.
Manly’s Finals Run
- Week 1: Were kept scoreless when a grinding 80 minutes of footy saw them go down 4 – 0 to the Sydney Roosters
- Week 2 (Semi Finals): Didn’t get to enjoy a break, instead took on the Cronulla Sharks and got there after a testing battle winning 24 – 18 after their opposition was denied a last minute try that would have taken it into golden point if converted
- Week 3 (Preliminary Finals): Earned their spot in the grand final proving too good with an upset 30 – 12 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs who were hot favourites in betting to go all the way
Sydney’s Finals Run
- Week 1: Beat Manly 4 – 0 in one of the best games of the opening round of finals keeping their good record over the Sea Eagles in 2013 intact
- Week 2 (Semi Finals): Week off for good behavior!
- Week 3 (Preliminary Finals): Had a much easier go than Manly and did it easy thrashing the Newcastle Knights 40 – 14, their rivals failing to score a single point after the 13th minute of the match
The Stats –
- Manly have won 19 of their 23 games played on a Sunday over the past three years
- Sea Eagles also boast a great ANZ record with nine wins from 12 played at the venue over the past five years
- And they have defeated the Roosters five out of seven finals games played between them over the years
- Roosters shooting for the minor premiership – grand final win double for the first time since 1975
- The Chooks are also looking for a record beating the same team four times in a single season for the first time ever
- Of the 123 games played between these two: Sea Eagles (79), Roosters (42), Draws (2)
Who’s Missing –
- Same 17 for the Roosters that played last week
- Manly lost Richie Fa’aoso to neck injury last week and so David Gower comes in
Watch Out For Here –
- The battle of the forwards especially big Sonny Bill, Warea-Hargreaves and Boyd Cordner for the Roosters taking on Kite, Stewart and Watmough
- Halves pairing with Sydney’s NSW duo Pearce and Maloney taking on the Sea Eagles flying Foran and the flawless Cherry-Evans
Who Will Win –
Will the Roosters continue their boom 2013 season and atone for their heartbreaking 2010 grand final loss?
They are favourites to do so paying $1.68 to defeat the $2.20 underdogs Manly who are tipped to be bruised and battered after having had to play three big games this finals series.
However the Sea Eagles keep shutting down their critics, and giving the bookies something to smile about, with upsets galore heading into this.
They’ve been going into games with depleted squads but coming out on top despite big injury lists.
It’s going to be a great grand final and it’s hard to separate these two for sure.
No denying that based on the form and lead-up the odds are deservingly in favour of the Roosters.
However when you write off Manly you are often in trouble.
So we’re not writing them off, but we’re not tipping them either!
Tip: Roosters by 4
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