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Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters Tips - Back Manly and under total points
- NRL Semi-final 1 will take place at BB Print Stadium in Mackay on Friday
- The Sea Eagles lost to the top-ranked Storm 40-12 in the Preliminary Final
- The Roosters edged the Titans 25-24 in the Elimination Final
- The Roosters demolished the Sea Eagles 46-4 in Round 1
The Rooster and Sea Eagles square off in the semi-finals. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
The Sea Eagles have a chance to right their wrongs after suffering another humiliating loss to the Storm last week in the Qualifier.
Not for the first time, a lack of possession and some basic tackling issues cost Manly a chance to advance to the Prelim, but Des Hasler won’t be panicking after the injury-ravaged Roosters barely managed to squeak past the Titans last week.
Given their long list of outs, Trent Robinson’s men did quite well to keep the penalty count to a minimum and hold Gold Coast to just one try in the first half.
That said, Manly will set about this task with a renewed sense of vigor on defence after missing 36 tackles against Melbourne, while they’ll also have revenge in mind after losing 46-4 to the Roosters back in Round 1.
Tom Trbojevic wasn’t available that day, so it’s hard to imagine a similar scoreline unfolding – especially if the Roosters are without Siosiua Taukeiaho and Sam Verrills like the injury report suggests.
For Manly to win, they simply need to get their hands on the ball and limit the damage from James Tedeseco and Daniel Tupou.
That can be easier said than done, but considering the Sea Eagles haven’t lost back-to-back games since Turbo returned to the side, it’s hard to imagine them not booking a date with the Bunnies next week.