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One of the game's great rivalries is renewed at 4 Pines Park as the home side fight to keep their finals hopes alive by downing the enigmatic Eels.

The blue and golds are walking a little taller after upsetting the Panthers on Friday while Manly endured a tough night against the Roosters with seven key players missing the game for personal reasons.

When these sides met at CommBank Stadium in round 11 it was the Eels squeaking home 22-20, with Manly losing Tom Trbojevic for the season to a shoulder injury.

Des Hasler's men will be hoping for better luck on home soil as they look to avenge that defeat and get on a roll towards the finals.

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The Rundown

Team news

Sea Eagles: A late switch with Martin Taupau to start at prop and Toafofoa Sipley going back to the bench. Ethan Bullemor joined the bench in place of Morgan Boyle on Thursday. The Sea Eagles have Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Tolutau Koula, Haumole Olakau'atu and Toafofoa Sipley back in the starting side but Sean Keppie (shoulder) remains sidelined. 

Eels: The Eels are 1-17 with no late changes. Jake Arthur takes over at halfback for the injured Mitch Moses in the only change to the squad that took care of the Panthers in Round 20. Arthur starts at halfback for the first time in 2022 after playing five-eighth in rounds 7 and 8.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Reuben Garrick
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Will Penisini
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Tolutau Koula
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Tom Opacic
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Christian Tuipulotu
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Waqa Blake
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Jake Arthur

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Taniela Paseka
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 16 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Andrew Davey
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Isaiah Papali'i
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Ryan Matterson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 10 Toafofoa Sipley
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Makahesi Makatoa
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Bryce Cartwright
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Ben Trbojevic
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 19 Ethan Bullemor
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Marata Niukore

Reserves

  • Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 18 Josh Schuster
    Replacement for Eels is number 21 Sean Russell

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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Key match-up

Reuben Garrick v Clint Gutherson: Manly's No.1 continues to pile on the points and finish off the inside work of DCE and Kieran Foran. Life without Tom Trbojevic would be a lot tougher for Manly if not for Garrick's 163 metres per game and his ability to break the line. King Gutho will take on even more responsibility with Mitch Moses out injured and there's no doubt the Eels skipper is up for the job. Gutherson has racked up 11 tries, seven try assists, 10 line breaks and 152 metres per game in another fine season.

Stat Attack

Mitch Moses leads the NRL in try assists with 20 so the Eels will need to find a new avenue to the tryline with their star hafback nursing an injured finger. His halves partner Dylan Brown has 13 try assists. Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans has come up with 15 try assists in 2022.

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