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Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles Tips - Sea Eagles to cover line
- Qualifying Final 1 set at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday
- The Storm topped the season ladder with 44 points
- Melbourne have lost only once in their last 21 games
- The Sea Eagles have won their last 4 games
- The Storm beat the Sea Eagles 28-18 in Round 21
Melbourne Storm captain Dale Finucane and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans pose for photos during the 2021 NRL Finals series launch at Suncorp Stadium (Dan Peled/Getty Images)
The Storm and the Sea Eagles will meet for the second time in just over a month on Friday night with a trip to the Prelim on the line.
Melbourne walked away 28-18 victors against Manly in Round 21, and it is no surprise to find the Storm laying a similar margin at the line in their return to the Sunshine Coast.
Craig Bellamy’s side has won all nine of their games played at this venue, but that won’t worry a Manly side that locked up a top four spot last week with a stunning 56-10 win over the Eels.
Justin Olam was the star of the show when these two sides last met, right before Cameron Munster secured the game-clinching try with just over 10 minutes to spare.
Unfortunately, the star five-eighth’s status is in doubt after a wound on his knee turned infectious, while Josh Addo-Carr also needs to prove fit at training after missing last week’s game with a hamstring issue.
The absence of both would be enough to swing this game in Manly’s favour, but that isn’t to say the Sea Eagles can’t win even if Munster and Addo-Carr take their place.
The main reason for Manly’s loss to the Storm last month was penalties and a complete lack of possession, two areas that really haven’t been a problem for Des Hasler’s side at all this season.
06 December 2021