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NRL Round 9: Sea Eagles v Warriors
Two big outs for Manly, with Josh Aloaia and Marty Taupau both not lining up this weekend. The effect of this double blow I amplified by the fact that the Warriors forward pack is one of their strengths.
While Manly have some depth and I like what I have seen of reserve grader Zac Saddler, the Warriors forwards now have a decent edge in my books (remembering Manly already without the likes of Curtis Sironen, Andrew Davey, Jack Gosiewski and Morgan Boyle).
The Warriors on the other hand are welcoming back more troops, just as they are starting to capture some form through the promotion of some talented youngsters.
Berry is doing a good job out wide, while Walsh is a real talent.
This week they look set to welcome back Aitken (who will replace Kosi), Harris-Tavita and E Katoa, who are all very strong players on my ratings system.
RTS continues to tear opponents to pieces and while Murdoch-Masila will be a big loss, the Warriors have the forwards depth to cope with this.
While Tommy T and DCE are always hard to shut down, the Warriors are an underrated team that has proven hard to beat all year, with their only significant losses coming against the Roosters and Storm.
On my ratings, this game looks set to be a thriller and happy with the small bet on the line and the head to head.
Predicted score Manly 20 – Warriors 20
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