THE LONG HARD LOOK WITH MIKE WILSON
Manly Sea Eagles v Sydney Roosters
Brookvale Oval, 3:00pm
Sea Eagles $1.29, Roosters $3.90 (Sportsbet)
Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Oldfield, Jamie Lyon (c), Steve Matai, Will Hopoate, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King (c), Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Joe Galuvao, Glenn Stewart. Interchange (from): Tony Williams, Jamie Buhrer, Shane Rodney, George Rose, Vic Mauro, Darcy Lussick
Roosters: Anthony Minichiello, Sam Perrett, Joseph ‘BJ’ Leilua, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Phil Graham, Todd Carney, Mitchell Pearce, Jason Ryles, Jake Friend, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Braith Anasta (c), Aidan Guerra, Nate Myles. Interchange: Anthony Mitchell, Mose Masoe, Brad Takairangi, Lama Tasi
Manly were burnt by the Tigers last week and Des Hasler will have made no mistakes about what he expects from his side this week. The Roosters did have success against the Bulldogs but managed to concede 28 points in doing so. Because of this I think we will see the Manly playmakers utilising plenty of lateral movement in attack to keep the Rooster’s defensive line moving and hoping to eventually find some weak points. Tony Williams returns to the Manly bench from injury and look for him linking up with Kieran Foran on the left side just before half time. Brett Stewart will be dangerous. The Manly superstar has scored 7 times in 5 games at Brookvale this year and in his career at the ground has 59 tries from 60 starts. Stewart is currently at $1.50 to score a try.
I don’t think the Roosters will be able to match a Manly side looking to make up for last week’s loss. Manly to win.
Mike’s Best Bet: $80 on Manly -9.5 @ $1.81 (Centrebet)
Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $2484.59
(Team lists sourced from nrl.com.au)