NRL 2022, Manly Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors, round 13 preview, team lists, ins and outs, key match ups

Skipper Daly Cherry-Evans and fullback champion Tom Trbojevic are missing but 4 Pines Park has proved a fortress in 2022 and the Manly faithful are sure to be out in force again.

Des Hasler’s men are three from three at their spiritual home having taken care of the Bulldogs, Titans and Wests Tigers but this may be their toughest test with DCE in Maroons camp, Turbo gone for the season and the Warriors unaffected by Origin commitments.

The home win against the Tigers in round nine has been followed by losses to the Broncos, Eels and Storm – the first time since the opening month of the 2021 season that Manly have lost three straight.

The Warriors also find themselves in a slump having dropped four on the trot and they are crying out for big guns Shaun Johnson and Reece Walsh to put their stamp on the game and produce some magic in enemy territory.

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The Rundown

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Sea Eagles: The absence of Daly Cherry-Evans on Origin duty is offset by the return of Martin Taupau (quad), Jason Saab (toe) and Karl Lawton (suspension). Saab will play his first game since round eight, taking over from Jorge Taufua on the wing, while Lawton and Taupau are on the bench.

A shuffle at the scrumbase sees Kieran Foran slide to halfback and Josh Schuster moved to five-eighth in DCE’s absence. Dylan Walker has been named on the bench despite suffering a knee injury against the Storm. Jake Trbojevic takes over as captain.

Saab (toe) was confirmed to make his return when the team was finalized 60 minutes before kick-off, with the Sea Eagles to start 1-17 as named on Tuesday. Taniela Paseka (knee) won’t be a late inclusion after he was omitted from the 19-man squad named 24 hours before kick-off.

Warriors: Hooker Wayde Egan (calf) and back-rower Bayley Sironen (osteitis pubis) return in a boost for the Warriors as they look to avoid a fifth loss on the trot. Egan takes over at hooker from Freddy Lussick, while Sironen joins the bench at the expense of Dunamis Lui, who is 18th man. The only change when the side was finalized 60 minutes before kick-off was a positional switch in which captain Tohu Harris moves to lock and Jack Murchie to the second-row.

Rocco Berry comes in for injured center Viliami Vailea (broken jaw).

Key match-up

Reuben Garrick v Reece Walsh: The ever reliable Garrick ran for 220 meters and had four tackle breaks against the Storm in yet another reminder of his value to the Sea Eagles in Turbo’s absence. A prolific tryscorer (50) and pointscorer (714) in his 82 career games, Garrick goes about his job with a minimum of fuss and fanfare. In stark contrast, Walsh is constantly in the spotlight, expected to come up with miracle plays and highlight real moments every week. After scoring nine tries in 16 games in his debut season the 19-year-old is yet to find the stripe in 2022 but a breakout game could be just around the corner.

Stat Attack

The Sea Eagles and Warriors sit 13th and 16th in the NRL for tackle breaks after 12 rounds. Haumole Olakau’atu is Manly’s best with 41 tackle breaks in their total of 342 while fullback Reece Walsh’s 49 is the clear standout in the Warriors’ tally of 295, the lowest in the competition.

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