After a much-improved 2019 campaign, the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles struggled to cope with mounting injuries in 2020 and slid into the bottom quarter of the ladder.
Can they pick themselves up and return to the top eight? Let’s have a look at Manly’s NRL odds for 2021.
About the Manly Sea Eagles
|Premierships:||Eight – 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2008, 2011|
|2020 ladder finish:||13th (7-13)|
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Updated Manly Sea Eagles futures odds
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|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
Best Manly Sea Eagles bets for NRL 2020
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for the Sea Eagles, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- Having bolted into the top six last year, the Sea Eagles enter the 2020 campaign with plenty of wind under their wings. Expect plenty of money to come Manly’s way if they get off to a fast start this year.
- Manly are definitely finals contenders, but can they carve out a spot in the top quarter of the ladder? The Sea Eagles went close last year despite a horror run with injuries, so they have to be considered a real chance to crack the four this time around.
- Daly Cherry-Evans always rates a mention in the Dally M Medal conversation, but Tom Trbojevic might be the better bet. If he can stay fit, the NSW State of Origin hero won’t be far off the mark.
Sea Eagles players to watch in 2020
It is hard to see Manly mounting any sort of finals charge if their skipper has an ordinary year. DCE is one of the best playmakers in the competition and will be sorely missed when he heads off to captain Queensland in the 2020 State of Origin series.
Trbojevic the younger is the driving force in Manly’s back row. That fact was highlighted last year when the Sea Eagles won 10 of the 12 games in which he played and lost eight of the 13 he missed. If Tommy stays fit, this team will do just fine.
Andrew Johns had this to say after one of Manly’s trial games in 2018: “Jake’s timing of his pass and his understanding of when to pass is as good as any halfback in the game.” The elder of the Trbojevic brothers is every bit as valuable as his younger sibling and his skipper.
Manly Sea Eagles records and stats
- Most games: 309 – Cliff Lyons
Most career points: 1917 – Graham Eadie
Most points in a season: 257 – Matthew Ridge (1995)
Most career tries: 163 – Brett Stewart
Most tries in a season: 27 – Phil Blake (1983)
- Most consecutive wins: 15 (1995)
Most consecutive losses: Eight (1950 and 1998-99)
Biggest winning margin: 70-7 (vs. Panthers, 1973)
Biggest losing margin: 6-68 (vs. Sharks, 2005)
Largest home attendance: 104,583 (vs. Knights at Stadium Australia, 1999)
- It did not take long for the Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club to make its mark on the top grade. Having poached a number of North Sydney Bears players upon joining the NSWRL in 1947, the Sea Eagles were in their first grand final only four years later. They lost to South Sydney on that occasion – a recurring theme over the next two decades.
Manly reached the big dance five times in 25 years until breaking through in 1972 with a 19-14 win over Eastern Suburbs. That opened the floodgates for further premierships in ’73, ’76 and ’78 as the Eagles became a bona fide powerhouse of the competition.
The 1980s were notable for back-to-back grand final defeats to Parramatta and a fifth top-grade flag in ’87 – the last GF ever played at the SCG. The club dominated during the Super League wars of the 1990s, yet three consecutive grand finals produced only a single premiership.
Following the example set by Wests Tigers and the St George Illawarra Dragons in the early years of the NRL, the Sea Eagles merged with the Bears in 1999 to form the Northern Eagles. That partnership lasted only two seasons, with Norths folding and Manly-Warringah returning as a standalone operation in 2003.
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