Manly Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs will be searching for their first win of the season when they clash in NRL Round 2 action on Saturday.
Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Rabbitohs have won’t the last three meetings between the teams…
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Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday March 20
⏰ Time: 5.35pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Lottoland
Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs Head to Head (last five matches)
- 22/8/20: Rabbitohs 56-16 Sea Eagles
- 20/9/19: Rabbitohs 34-26 Sea Eagles
- 13/7/19: Rabbitohs 21-20 Sea Eagles
- 6/4/19: Sea Eagles 13-12 Rabbitohs
- 24/3/18: Rabbitohs 34-6 Sea Eagles
Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs Preview and Prediction
Manly have received a tough draw to begin their season and following their crushing 42-point loss to the Roosters, they now must confront a hungry Rabbitohs side that will be determined to open their account for 2021.
Des Hasler’s side were embarrassed against the Roosters and continued a woeful run of form dating back to last year that has seen the Sea Eagles lose nine of their last 10 games.
It was Manly’s worst ever Round 1 result in more than 70 years and their third consecutive game in which they’ve conceded 40 points or more.
A return to Brookvale isn’t exactly going to help Manly either considering they lost six of seven games at the venue last season.
Defence is the major issue for the Sea Eagles – they conceded at least 26 points in all nine of those aforementioned defeats, while they continue to struggle whenever star fullback Tom Trbojevic is sidelined.
Meanwhile, Souths were impressive in fighting back against reigning premiers Melbourne last week, but ultimately they gave their rivals too much of a head start.
Regardless, the Rabbitohs looked every bit a team that will be challenging for a top four spot and the premiership in 2021. Latrell Mitchell showcased encouraging form, while Alex Johnston looks set for another big try-scoring year on the wing.
Normally I would be backing a very high-scoring game here when you factor in Manly’s terrible defence, but the predicted wet conditions in Sydney on Saturday might be an equaliser there.
Hasler is also good at getting his team to bounce back after heavy defeats. I don’t think the Sea Eagles can win, but it shouldn’t be a big blow-out for Souths either.
Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs Teams
Cade Cust scored three tries in NSW Cup last week and comes onto the Manly bench in place of Tevita Fun.
Josh Mansour and Jacob Host have dropped out of the Souths’ 17 and are replaced by Jaxon Paulo and Keaon Koloamatangi. Patrick Mago is the new face on the pine.
Sea Eagles team: 1. Dylan Walker 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Andrew Davey 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Josh Schuster 19. Tevita Funa 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Morgan Harper
Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jai Arrow 18. Liam Knight 19. Tautau Moga 20. Josh Mansour 21. Jacob Host
Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs Stats
- Manly have lost nine of their last 10 matches
- Manly have conceded over 40 points in their last three matches
- Souths have won their last three games vs Manly
- Manly have lost six of their last seven games at Lottoland
- Alex Johnston has scored at least one try in five of his last six matches
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