We take a look at Saturday nights (16/03/2019) NRL match which is between Wests Tigers and Manly Sea Eagles. Wests Tigers go into the match as the favourites and we have them on top although we think they may get out to better value come game time.
When: Saturday March 16, 5:30pm
Where: Leichhardt Oval
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
The Tigers have been waiting six long months for this. New head coach Michael Maguire will be hungry to improve on last year’s disappointing ninth-place finish, and in their 20th year as a club, it’s time for some consistent football.
Manly, well they too have plenty to make up for. The Sea Eagles will be keen to put last season’s soap opera behind them, and it all starts with new coach Des Hasler. The former main man at the Bulldogs inherits a talented lineup headlined by Daly Cherry-Evans and the Trobojevic brothers, but as the odds suggest, Manly could be in for a tough season if they struggle to beat equal competition.
These two sides played out a classic in Round 24 last year, a game that saw the Tigers walk away with a nail-biting 22-20 win. There’s every chance Saturday’s game winds up just as close considering three of the last five games between these two have been decided by 12-points or less.
As the home favourite, the Tigers finished a subpar 3-3, indicative of how their overall season turned out. Manly were less impressive as the away underdog in the head-to-head market, but they did finish 6-2 against the line, which looks to be the play this week.
Tip: Wests Tigers at $1.63
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Robert Jennings at $10.00
Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson 2 Mahe Fonua 3 Paul Momirovski 4 Esan Marsters 5 Robert Jennings 6 Benji Marshall 7 Luke Brooks 8 Ben Matulino 9 Robbie Farah 10 Alex Twal 11 Ryan Matterson 12 Luke Garner 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Russell Packer 15 Thomas Mikale 16 Josh Aloiai 17 Michael Chee-Kam. Reserves: 18 Josh Reynolds 19 Matt Eisenhuth 20 Jacob Liddle 21 Chris McQueen
Sea Eagles: 1 Brendan Elliot 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Moses Suli 4 Bradley Parker 5 Reuben Garrick 6 Kane Elgey 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 8 Addin Fonua-Blake 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Martin Taupau 11 Joel Thompson 12 Curtis Sironen 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Trent Hodkinson 15 Jack Gosiewski 16 Kelepi Tanginoa 17 Toafofoa Sipley. Interchange: 18 Tevita Funa 19 Cade Cust 20 Lloyd Perrett 21 Lachlan Croker
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change