Thursday Night Footy: Sea Eagles vs Cowboys NRL Preview

Which team can rise above the Origin adversity?

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The Origin period begins for 2018, with eight teams enjoying the week off.

We head to Manly for Thursday night footy NRL Tips expert Steve Green previewing the clash.

Although Manly will miss the Trbojevic brothers, the Cowboys are also missing some important talent.

With Cooper, Hess and Morgan out on Origin duties, Scott potentially suspended and McLean still recovering from injury, the Cowboys head to Brooky with a team that is a long way off it’s best.

Considering the Cowboys have been losing even with their Origin reps in their team, I find it strange that the bookies had this a pick.

For Manly, they still have a good pack that can somewhat mitigate the big loss of Jake T. While the loss of Tom T is also huge, Matthew Wright has played well at the back in the past and with Cherry-Evans, Hodkinson and Koroisau back from suspension, Manly still have a very experienced spine to rely on.

Up front, Taupau, Fonua-Blake, Lane and Thompson provide a good foundation and with Winterstein, Sipley and Perrett providing some punch off the bench, the under-strength Cowboys forwards will have to lift to contain Manly’s forward pack.

I thought Manly were very good against the Raiders and it was only a failure to close out the win that saw them not go 3 from their past 3. Manly only missed 23 tackles against the Raiders, who have broken 359 tackles this year (2nd best in the NRL). The Eagles are also dynamite in attack, having made 58-line breaks in 2018 (3rd only behind Souths and the Raiders).

I thought Manly were very good against the Raiders and it was only a failure to close out the win that saw them not go 3 from their past 3. Manly only missed 23 tackles against the Raiders, who have broken 359 tackles this year (2nd best in the NRL). The Eagles are also dynamite in attack, having made 58-line breaks in 2018 (3rd only behind Souths and the Raiders).

As for the Cowboys, while it must have been heartbreaking to go down in two nail biters – at home – in a row… the fall of Thurston is there for everyone to see. 

The only try the Storm scored last week was when Cam Smith ran over Thurston on the try line. Couple that with the halfback’s inability to tie up the match with a field goal and it shows how out of touch he is right now.

He doesn’t look like he is really enjoying his footy and he must be already wondering whether hanging up his boots a season or two earlier may have been the right call.

Although the Cowboys have been playing better of late and Manly do also have some key players missing here, both teams measure up pretty evenly on my system and with a home ground advantage, Manly offered good value at the $1.91 earlier in the week.

Predicted Score:

Manly 22
North Queensland 16

Despite enduring possibly the worst beat in punting history on the weekend, NRL Tips members have made $4,900 profit this season.

That comes on the back of $6,000 profit across 2016 and 2017.

With three Futures bets looking strong and plenty more NRL to come, there is no reason why 2018 shouldn’t be your most profitable season EVER.

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