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NRL Round 18: Manly v Dragons
Not much to say about this one, an absolute lottery of a match-up with the Dragons depleted due to the Vaughn BBQ suspensions and Manly missing Tommy T.
Manly were poor against the Raiders and although they will welcome back DCE, they are without quite a bit of their own talent for this one, including Jake T.
And I am not sure DCE is 100%, because his form has fallen off a cliff in the last month. He was again ordinary for the Queensland team on Wednesday night.
But Manly do welcome back J Shuster and he provides a huge boost to their back row stocks.
While the Dragons team is not that bad on paper, they are missing some real attacking fire power in the form of Ravalawa, Dufty and Lomax, while Ben Hunt looked to have ice on a very sore shoulder, so there is a chance he struggles to back up his man of the match performance.
Up front, not only are the Dragons missing their best forward in the form of Vaughan, but Alvaro has refused to sign the relevant documents needed to be brought back into the bubble, and Sims is backing up after an epic Origin performance, so the Dragons forwards could also struggle.
Manly should win this one comfortably, but I do not have enough confidence to back them at the line here and so will stay out of this one.
Predicted score Manly 25 – Dragons 10