Manly have been the benchmark this year but will not be able to take their foot off the pedal against a Wests Tigers team who has already recorded two shocks in 2014. The Sea Eagles have had their distractions this week but they rarely fail to turn up.
Australian National Rugby League (NRL) Round 5 Wests Tigers vs Sea Eagles Live Streaming 2014 Online, at Leichhardt Oval, Oval, Sunday, 06 April 15:00 pm , 2014.
For the Tigers, Liam Fulton and Tim Simona both return from concussions, replacing Cory Paterson and Suaso Sue. Simona has been named on the bench but is a likely starter with Keith Lulia set to drop out of the side. Jason King and James Hasson return for Manly with Tom Symonds and Jesse Sene-Lefao dropping out.
Manly have won 12 of the 19 clashes with the Wests Tigers including the last three by an average of 16 points. The teams have played five times at Leichhardt but not since 2007, when Manly won 19-8. Daly Cherry-Evans has scored in his last three against the Tigers.
Manly have been flying this year with three wins on the trot after copping a heinous draw. A Golden Point loss in the opening round was followed by wins against South Sydney, Parramatta and the Sydney Roosters. Though they had an off game against the Eels with Kieran Foran out, they still got the two points. The Tigers sandwiched shock wins against the Titans and Rabbitohs with big losses to the Dragons and Warriors with their defence a serious issue.
Wests Tigers: James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Keith Lulia, Chris Lawrence, Pat Richards, Braith Anasta, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (capt), Keith Galloway, Liam Fulton, Bodene Thompson, Adam Blair.
Interchange: Martin Taupau, Ava Seumanufagai, James Gavet, Tim Simona, Sitaleki Akauola (one to be omitted).
Manly Sea Eagles: Peta Hiku, Cheyse Blair, Jamie Lyon (capt), Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Starling, Matt Ballin, Brenton Lawrence, Anthony Watmough, Justin Horo, Glenn Stewart.
Interchange: James Hasson, Dunamis Lui, Jamie Buhrer, Jason King, Jesse Sene-Lefao (one to be omitted).