Manly will be looking to build some momentum when they face Souths at Moore Park on Friday night.
The Sea Eagles returned to the winners circle with a come from behind effort against Canberra in the nation’s capital last week, eventually running out with the result 20-18 in Golden Point.
Souths dropped a heartbreaker to the Broncos 25-24 in rather controversial circumstances with several bad calls going against the home side.
FLYING UNDER THE RADAR
MANLY were always known to ‘fly under the radar’ during the coaching tenure of Des Hasler and it seems as though they are doing a similar thing under Trent Barrett.
Make no mistake about it – Manly are a good side.
The Sea Eagles were brave last week against one of the premiership heavyweights while they almost produced one of the great comebacks against Melbourne the week before, falling 30-26 after trailing 18-nil.
The one criticism we have of the Sea Eagles, which may actually help them here, is their record at home which is a dreadful 1-4. With the game being at Allianz and their away record reading a perfect three-from-three, another win is close by.
SOUTHS have a 3-5 record after the opening two months and with one of the worst defences in the NRL it is easy to see why.
Only the Wests Tigers, Titans and Knights have conceded more than the Bunnies who are leaking an average of 22.3ppg.
Going up against a high-powered attack here and the potential for Souths to concede at least 20 points or more for a sixth straight game is a huge possibility. Check out the markets to see what price Manly are paying in that respect.
SOUTHS have won seven of the past 11 fixtures between the sides.
The last time they met was back in Round 2 at Lottoland when Manly raced out to a 12-nil lead but then compounded to see the Bunnies score a convincing 20-point win.
Traditionally these games aren’t close with nine of the past 13 clashes all decided by double digit margins.
The positives for Manly are their record at Allianz where they have won five of their past seven and are aiming for four straight wins at the venue. Souths, on the other hand, don’t like the surroundings at Moore Park and have tasted success just twice in their last seven visits.
Manly are slight favourites ($1.80 @ Palmerbet) and at the price we are confident they will get the job done.
Barrett’s side will be unchanged from last week and the fact they have played far better away from Brookvale than they have in front of their fans so far in 2017 gives them the advantage here. Averaging 21.25 ppg, they will be good for at least three to four tries too and that may be too much for the Bunnies to overcome.
Souths will have a bit of confidence after their defiant display last week against Brisbane and they will be boosted further with the return of halfback Adam Reynolds. The negative will be losing some muscle up front with George Burgess out due to a four-game suspension.
Manly has an intimidating forward pack and the loss of Burgess is just another reason to put your hard earned in the corner of the Northern Beaches outfit.
MANLY FIRST TO 20 POINTS