Cowboys vs Sea Eagles preview from rugby league expert Steve Green including recommended bet.
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The Cowboys have been one of the real disappointments in 2020, but for about 40 minutes last weekend Cowboys fans got an insight into the amazing young talent the club has at its disposal.
The Hammer scored one of the best individual tries I have ever seen, while Asi showed his class scoring a solo try on debut. If this team had Drinkwater, Morgan and Holmes running around, they would be an attacking powerhouse. But without these guys the Cowboys are fielding the most inexperienced spine in the NRL this weekend, in the form of Clifford, Robson, Hammer and Asi.
But this is what needed to occur. In fact, if former Coach Green had have given more game time and money to some of the Cowboys talented youngsters over the years, they could be fielding the strongest team in the competition right now. As it is however, Coach Green has moved on and former centre Josh Hannay has taken over. Hannay’s first job should be to sort out the defensive issues of Feldt and Marsters.
Despite playing better against the Panthers, the Cowboys still conceded nine line breaks and missed nearly 40 tackles. So there is still improvement needed.
I was also hoping McLean would be cleared to play, but news came through today that he is not 100% yet and so will be rested. But the Cowboys forward pack still has enough class to match Manly. In Taumalolo they have the best forward of his generation, and McGuire is a machine (making over 200 metres against the Panthers last weekend). Molo is highly underrated and always plays well. But the Cowboys just need a little more from the likes of Hess, Cooper and young Gilbert.
Manly look stronger now that Fonua-Blake has been cleared to play. I still think the Manly back line is nowhere near as lethal without Tom T and Walker. Even last weekend, when they upset a out of sorts Eels outfit, their tries were not from slick back line moves. Taupau, DCE and Levi all scored soft tries in the opening 20 minutes.
Manly did play well and deserved their praise. But I really think the story from last weekend was how poorly the Eels defended, rather than Manly clicking into top form.
I only went with a one unit play for this one. The Cowboys have been hard to pick this year. But I will be watching closely and if they turn up with same attitude as last weekend, then they are a real shot here. I am happy with taking the small plus in a game that I think will do down to the wire.
Cowboys vs Sea Eagles: predicted score
Sea Eagles 18
Cowboys vs Sea Eagles: recommended bets
Bet 1 Unit on Cowboys +4
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