13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks 24-18

13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks 24-18

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:55 am

20th September, 7:45pm, Allianz Stadium| #NRLFINALS

Image 1 Brett Stewart, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Jamie Lyon, 4 Steve Matai, 5 David Williams, 6 Kieran Foran, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Brenton Lawrence, 9 Matt Ballin, 10 Brent Kite, 11 Anthony Watmough , 12 Justin Horo, 13 Glenn Stewart

Interchange from: 14 Richie Fa'aoso , 15 Jamie Buhrer, 16 Tom Symonds, 17 George Rose, 19 Peta Hiku, 20 James Hasson, 21 David Gower

Coach: Geoff Toovey


Image 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Sosaia Feki , 3 Ben Pomeroy, 4 Jonathan Wright, 5 Beau Ryan, 6 Luke Lewis, 7 Jeff Robson, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 John Morris, 10 Sam Tagataese, 11 Jayson Bukuya. 12 Wade Graham. 13 Paul Gallen

Interchange from: 14 Isaac De Gois, 15 Chris Heighington, 16 Bryce Gibbs, 17 Anthony Tupou
18 Ben Ross

Coach: Shane Flanagan
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:16 pm

Sea Eagles v Sharks preview

By Nicholas Janzen
NRL.com
12:30pm Wed 18th September, 2013

Sea Eagles v Sharks
Allianz Stadium
Friday 7.45pm

So, for the fourth-placed Sea Eagles and the fifth-placed Sharks, it all comes down to this. A do-or-die finals battle awaits these two sides on Friday night – and what an epic encounter it should prove to be!

The combatants share one of the strongest and fiercest rivalries in the history of rugby league. The animosity dates back to the 1970s, when the Sea Eagles and Sharks played out the hard-fought “bar-room brawl” that was the 1973 grand final, as well as the 1978 decider which was ultimately decided in a replay. Since then, however, there have been other bitter and dramatic battles, too: the 1996 Elimination Semi-Final, dominated by Manly, where John Hopoate demonstrated unsportsmanlike ways in condescendingly patting David Peachey on the head following a series of blunders at the back; then in 2005 the controversial winger pole-axed Sharks forward Keith Galloway, was sent off and suspended for a total of 17 matches. There’s certainly no love lost between these two fierce rivals in the Battle of the Beaches, a war in which the Sea Eagles hold the upper hand with 56 victories from 81 matches.

This season Manly have somehow flown under the radar of their NRL opponents – the tried-and-tested team, the 2011 premiers, have won 15 of their 25 matches all season on the back of a hard-working and committed forward pack and the effectiveness and excellence of one of the best backlines of the modern era.

Last week in one of the most physical finals matches in NRL history, the Roosters beat Manly 4-0. Yup, just four-nil – the lowest-scoring final since St George beat Illawarra 21 years ago! It’s a clash that will no doubt still have plenty of the Sea Eagles squad nursing bumps and bruises.

The Sharks, meanwhile, have done anything but fly under the radar in 2013 – on the back of the much-publicised ASADA investigation, they’ve found themselves in the headlines (on the front and back pages) more weeks than any other side in the NRL. The Sharks have won 15 of 25 matches just like the Sea Eagles, and have recorded a four-match winning streak as well as four bunches of back-to-back victories.

Cronulla were also involved in an epic finals battle last week at Allianz Stadium. Facing the Cowboys in the First Elimination Final, Cronulla overcame controversy – and injury – to beat North Queensland in the most nail-biting of finishes.

In team changes this week, Manly have named star fullback Brett Stewart, who missed the match against the Roosters with a troublesome hamstring injury. His fitness, however, will be tested later in the week. Last week’s replacement Peta Hiku remains on standby in jumper No.19. James Hasson and David Gower have been named on an extended seven-man bench, as has Richie Fa’aoso, despite being hauled from the field on a medi-cab last Saturday night.

Cronulla’s hopes have taken a huge blow with five-eighth Todd Carney not named after suffering a re-occurrence of his hamstring injury against the Cowboys. Carney struggled through the later stages of that win and, while Sharks medical staff will continue to work on the injury, he is not expected to be fit in time for this match.
Luke Lewis has been named at No.6, with Jayson Bukuya added to the run-on 13 and Bryce Gibbs coming into the 17 to fill the vacant bench position.

Watch Out Sea Eagles: If Manly are to manhandle the Sharks here and progress to the Preliminary Final against South Sydney, they’re going to shift the ball wide and early – but they’re going to have to win the battle up front, too.

The Sharks will fancy their chances in the forwards – four of their players average more than 100 metres (Paul Gallen 182, Andrew Fifita 146.5, Luke Lewis 103 and Chris Heighington 100), compared with just two of the Sea Eagles’ forwards (Anthony Watmough 127.9 and Brenton Lawrence (106.4).

Watch Out Sharks: The Sea Eagles make 5.2 line-breaks per game (second in the NRL) – and their backline potency could rip the Sharks to shreds. Theirs is a backline bristling with brilliance, from halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran through to centres Jamie Lyon and Steve Matai and the back three of Jorge Taufua, David Williams and Brett Stewart. The star centre and captain, in particular, is a massive creative threat Cronulla needs to neutralise – Lyon leads the league in line-break assists for a centre with 16 (and he requires just two more for 100 in his entire career). The Sea Eagles’ flankmen, too, will need to be watched closely – Taufua leads the entire league for line-breaks with 30, while Williams is fourth with 24.

Plays To Watch: The two plays that’ll make or break this game centre around Manly No.3 Jamie Lyon and Cronulla fullback Michael Gordon. Lyon’s in, away and release for David Williams worked a treat last week, even though they never capitalised on their opportunities – and Jonathan Wright and Sosaia Feki will have their hands full dealing with the dynamic duo in this clash.

For the Sharks, Gordon will bob up in backline manoeuvres and on the end of forward charges (look for offloads from Gallen, Lewis and Anthony Tupou, who requires two more popped passes for 500 in his career). Gordon’s high-octane bursts have the potential to rip through the Sea Eagles’ defensive structures, like they did against the Cowboys, resulting in crucial tries to Cronulla forward Sam Tagataese as well as centre Ben Pomeroy.

Key Match-Up: Fullback Brett Stewart up against his opposite Michael Gordon. Both equally athletic and exciting, it should prove a show-stopping, match-defining running battle.

Where It Will Be Won: The two inspirations that are Anthony Watmough and Paul Gallen. The workaholic evergreen back-rowers motivate and energise their team – and when the going gets tough, they get going. Who’s going to step up and lead their side to a famous victory – and take their team to just one step short of the grand final?

The History: Played 81 – Sea Eagles 56, Sharks 23, drawn 2. Recent form is in Manly’s favour too – they’ve won seven of their past eight games against Cronulla.

Match Officials: Referees – Shayne Hayne & Ashley Klein; Sideline Officials – Russell Turner & Nick Beashel; Video Referees – Bernard Sutton & Luke Phillips.

The Way We See It: This should be a bruising battle – and one that really tests the skill and knowledge of coaches Toovey and Flanagan, too. Both sides have their strengths (Manly’s backline and Cronulla’s forward pack), and how they go about both utilising and nullifying these will prove pivotal. We’ll side with the Sea Eagles – they’ve lost just one finals game against Cronulla… and that was in 1978!

Manly by four points in yet another classic.

source: http://www.nrl.com/sea-eagles-v-sharks-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/74725/default.aspx
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:21 pm

Preview: Sea Eagles v Sharks
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Last Updated 18/09/2013 3:58 PM

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HEAD TO HEAD: Played: 81 - Sea Eagles 56, Sharks 23, Drawn 2
LAST TIME: Sea Eagles 25 def Sharks 18, Round 6, 2013 at Brookvale Oval

MISSING IN ACTION:Manly have named Brett Stewart in their starting line-up but the full-back is only a 50-50 chance to play in Friday's semi-final grudge match at Allianz Stadium due to a hamstring injury. Peta Hiku has been named 18th man. Joe Galuvao (Achilles) and Jason King (shoulder) remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Cronulla five-eighth Todd Carney looks set to miss the sudden-death showdown with a hamstring injury. The former Dally M medallist will be given until kick-off to prove his fitness but was not named in the Shane Flanagan's 18-man squad on Tuesday and has admitted he'll need a 'miracle' to play. Veteran back-rower Luke Lewis will wear the number six jumper if Carney is unavailable, with Jayson Bukuya promoted to the starting line-up and props Bryce Gibbs and Ben Ross both added to a five-man bench.

FORM: The Sea Eagles created ample opportunities to get over the top of the Roosters but couldn't find a way through the Chooks' brick-wall defence en route to a 4-0 defeat. Geoff Toovey's side showed what they are capable of with a 28-8 demolition of Melbourne in Round 25 but enter Friday's clash on the back of consecutive losses to Penrith and the Roosters.

The Sharks rode their luck to beat North Queensland in the most controversial of circumstances on Saturday afternoon. Beau Ryan's seventh-tackle try will go down in rugby league infamy but the 20-18 victory to the Sharks can never be erased. While the Cowboys have a right to feel 'dudded', the Sharks showed their mettle after scoring two tries in the final 20 minutes to overturn an 18-12 deficit. The Sharks enter Saturday's grudge match on the back of consecutive victories after beating the Raiders 38-18 in Round 26.

WE THINK: Manly have won seven of the past eight 'Battle of the Beaches' clashes but there isn't much between these two sides these days. The Sea Eagles scraped home for a narrow 25-18 victory in Round 6 this season while the Sharks were 17-14 winners in their only meeting last season. Both sides are coming off brutal clashes last Saturday and have key personnel in doubt through injury, but the likely loss of Todd Carney tips the scales heavily in the Sea Eagles' favour. The impressive Sharks pack and the steadying influence of half-back Jeff Robson will keep the Sharks within striking distance, but without their X-factor we can't see Cronulla beating the experienced

Manly side. Sea Eagles by 8

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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:33 am

Cranky Shark Gallen rules out Carney

By Ian McCullough
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11:06pm Thu 19th September, 2013


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Will Todd Carney line up against Manly on Friday night?

An irritated Paul Gallen has dismissed any prospect of Todd Carney being fit to face Manly in Cronulla's NRL semi-final clash on Friday.

Carney was greeted by a media scrum as the Sharks arrived at Allianz Stadium for their final hit-out before facing the Sea Eagles and said once again he was struggling to be fit.

"You're always hopeful, but it didn't go real well when I ran this morning," Carney said as he entered the ground.

The representative five-eighth hasn't been named in the starting line-up, with Luke Lewis to wear the No.6 shirt, having aggravated a hamstring injury in last week's 20-18 win over North Queensland.

However, he has been undergoing intensive physiotherapy to get himself fit all week, leading to suggestions he might run out against the Sea Eagles - something Gallen was keen to hose down.

"He's not playing - everyone knows he's not playing so there is no point running around with it," Gallen said.

"You guys (the media) can run a story on it, but he won't be playing. I am sick of talking about it.

"I knew he wouldn't be playing from the last game - come on boys, ask some serious questions."

Manly's hopes of Brett Stewart are fading after the NSW fullback failed to train on Thursday.

Coach Geoff Toovey said earlier this week the 28-year-old would be given as long as possible to prove his fitness after sustaining a similar injury to Carney and missing out last week.

The absence of their best strike weapon will be huge blow to the Sea Eagles, who failed to trouble the scorers in the epic 4-0 defeat by the Sydney Roosters.

Gallen said the Sharks are expecting Stewart to play, but denied Manly will be easier to beat with him on the sidelines after young Kiwi fullback Peta Hiku deputised in more than admirable fashion last Saturday.

"We think he'll play, and we're preparing for him to play," he said.

"But even if he doesn't, the young bloke who played there last week did really well.

"They've got strike all over the field and it is going to be a big game."

Stewart is the only injury doubt for the Sea Eagles but there are question marks about how much last Saturday's loss took out of Toovey's side.

But despite the six-day turnaround, Gallen believes no team is better equipped to back up from such a physical battle than the 2011 premiers.

"We'd like to play a more physical game," the 32-year-old enforcer said.

"We didn't play that well against the Cowboys last week but we got the win.

"People talk about Manly being battered and bruised. But they play that type of football every week and it won't affect them or slow them down one bit."


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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:23 pm

Stewart to miss NRL do-or-die final

By By Roje Adaimy
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1:07pm Fri 20th September, 2013

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Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been ruled out of Friday night's semi-final against Cronulla

Manly's hopes of an NRL premiership have been dealt a huge blow, with fullback Brett Stewart to miss Friday night's semi-final against Cronulla after succumbing to a hamstring injury.

Stewart, who also missed last week's finals loss to the Sydney Roosters with the injury, did not train on Thursday and failed a fitness test on Friday morning.

Manly rookie of the year Peta Hiku is his likely replacement for the do-or-die clash at Allianz Stadium.

While Hiku has been a standout substitute in the No.1 jersey in recent weeks, the Sea Eagles have struggled without Stewart, who has not played since round 25.

Of the eight games he has missed this season, Manly have won twice and drawn once - a win-rate of just 25 per cent.

But that record triples with custodian Stewart, the Sea Eagles victorious 13 times in the 17 matches he did play (76 per cent).

In those games, they averaged 26.5 points and conceded just 13. That compares to the average 17 points for and 19 points against without their prolific tryscorer.

The Sharks are also set to be without one of their stars, playmaker Todd Carney, who has all but been ruled out with hamstring trouble.

Captain Paul Gallen on Thursday said Cronulla denied Manly would be easier to beat with Stewart on the sidelines.

"The young bloke (Hiku) who played there last week did really well," he said.

"They've got strike all over the field and it is going to be a big game."

The match kicks off at 7.45pm (AEST).

source: http://www.nrl.com/stewart-to-miss-nrl-do-or-die-final/tabid/10874/newsid/74765/default.aspx
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:31 pm

Chad Townsend comes into the Sharks team. Todd Carney didn't pass a fitness test. Luke Lewis shifts into the 2nd row
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:31 pm

No Brett Stewart for @manlyseaeagles, Peta Hiku comes in
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:00 pm

A chilly 14.9°C, 47% humidity, very strong Westerly at 27 km/h
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:03 pm

We are UNDERWAY in the Elimination Semi-Final at @AllianzStadium as the @manlyseagles kick off
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:05 pm

Knock on Sharks, Pomeroy went for an offload and dropped it.
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:06 pm

4' ZERO TACKLE for Manly as they continue to attack on the Sharks goal line
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:07 pm

4' NO TRY! Jeff Robson with a monster tackle on Brent Kite, he forces the ball free. Brilliant effort
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Re: 13.09.20 FW 2 Sea Eagles v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:09 pm

6: Robson steals the ball off Lyon as Lyon tries to offload, play on to the Sharks
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