Have two points meant more to either of these sides heading into the first of our ‘Super Saturday’ games?
Manly and Canterbury were under severe pressure heading into last week’s games but both come out the other end with smiles on their faces.
The Sea Eagles scored one of the upsets of the season when going to Townsville and rocking the Cowboys 30-8 while the Dogs continued their recent domination over the Warriors by scoring a 24-12 win.
DOIN THE EAGLE ROCK
Coach Trent Barrett must have been wondering where that performance came from after they easily handled the North Queensland Cowboys.
The Sea Eagles lost their opening two matches of the season at Lottoland and then went to Townsville as despised outsiders, however, managed to score a huge win against the odds.
The question remains as to which Manly side will turn up here.
The Bulldogs made hard work of the Warriors last week in a pretty scrappy affair.
Giving up a lead early, CANTERBURY worked their way back into the match as they typically do. Dour and unentertaining at times, Des Hasler’s men were simply a bit too consistent for the New Zealanders and ultimately that was the big difference.
Canterbury did put the writing on the wall the previous game when they stormed home to narrowly fall short of catching the Roosters (28-24).
The Bulldogs have had the better of this battle in recent years.
Canterbury has won the past six games against Manly dating back to Round 17, 2014. Four of those wins have been by seven points or less.
Playing at Lottoland (Brookvale) won’t be an issue for the Doggies either. Since former Manly coach Hasler has gone to Belmore, Canterbury has won four of five games at the venue.
Wow this is a lot harder than most think.
A few weeks ago you wouldn’t have given Manly ($2.04 @ Unibet) much hope but that performance last Saturday night has made us rethink their chances here.
The Northern Beaches outfit will be given a huge boost thanks to the return of Marty Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake while the team itself will be keen to break a bad run in front of their home fans. Stretching back to last season, Manly has lost eight of the past 10 at Lottoland.
While you know what you get with the Bulldogs we are prepared to give Manly the benefit of the doubt in this match. Canterbury are still without Will Hopoate and Kerrod Holland.
The Dogs will be relying on their big forward pack to halt the Sea Eagles who are currently last for metres gained in 2017.
MATCH WINNER TIP: MANLY
FIRST TRYSCORER: TOM TRBOJEVIC – has four tries in his past three matches at Lottoland
MARGIN BETTING: MANLY 1-12
OTHER TIP: FIRST SCORING PLAY – Manly Penalty Goal