Manly-Warringah’s 2018 NRL campaign was dogged from the off, with the club copping hefty fines for salary cap breaches dating back over five years.
Many in the rugby league community felt the Sea Eagles were lucky to avoid a points deduction, but it mattered little as they finished only a game clear of the wooden spoon.
Can mighty Manly bounce back this year? Let’s have a look at their odds for NRL 2019.
About the Manly Sea Eagles
|Premierships:||Eight – 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2008, 2011|
|2018 ladder finish:||15th (7-17)|
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Updated Manly Sea Eagles futures odds
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|2018 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds||Top Tryscorer Odds|
|Mar||$26||$2||$4.50||D Cherry-Evans – $15||T Trbojevic – $26|
|Apr||$101||$4.50||$17||D Cherry-Evans – $34||T Trbojevic – $67|
|May||$34||$3.25||$11||J Trbojevic – $41||T Trbojevic – $151|
|Jun||$81||$6||$34||J Trbojevic – $51||T Trbojevic – $151|
|Jul||$81||$6||$34||J Trbojevic – $51||T Trbojevic – $151|
|Aug||N/A||N/A||N/A||J Trbojevic – $151||N/A|
|Sep||N/A||N/A||N/A||T Trbojevic – $101||N/A|
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- Manly were a constant source of frustration last season. They would look like potential contenders one week and then forget how to defend the next. There is no doubt the Sea Eagles boast quality players in key positions, but they will have to show massive improvement week-to-week if they are to push the likes of Sydney, Melbourne and North Queensland for top honours.
- There are several factors that might prevent Manly from matching last year’s sixth-place finish. One is a salary cap fiasco that could see them start the season on negative points. Another is a lack of depth beyond their best 13. The Sea Eagles will surprise plenty if they finish above the likes of St George Illawarra and South Sydney.
- Daly Cherry-Evans inherits the captain’s armband following the retirement of Brookvale stalwart Jamie Lyon. He is the star man in the middle and a good chance to finish at the top end of the Dally M count if he stays on the park.
- Tom Trbojevic is the obvious threat in the Manly back half. However, playing mostly at fullback in a mid-table team means the talented 21-year-old will probably have to do something extra special to outscore the likes of Suliasi Vunivalu and Jordan Rapana this year.
2018 Manly Sea Eagles draw
|1||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Friday, March 9||6pm|
|2||Parramatta Eels||Lottoland||Sunday, March 18||4:10pm|
|3||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, March 24||5:30pm|
|4||Canberra Raiders||Lottoland||Saturday, March 31||7:35pm|
|5||Gold Coast Titans||Marley Brown Oval||Sunday, April 8||2pm|
|6||Wests Tigers||Lottoland||Sunday, April 15||4:10pm|
|7||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, April 22||2pm|
|8||Newcastle Knights||Lottoland||Friday, April 27||6pm|
|9||Sydney Roosters||Allianz Stadium||Sunday, May 6||4:10pm|
|10||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, May 12||7:35pm|
|11||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Saturday, May 19||7:35pm|
|12||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Friday, May 25||6pm|
|13||North Queensland Cowboys||Lottoland||Thursday, May 31||7:50pm|
|14||New Zealand Warriors||AMI Stadium||Saturday, June 9||3pm|
|15||St George Illawarra Dragons||WIN Stadium||Saturday, June 16||5:30pm|
|16||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Saturday, June 30||3pm|
|18||Melbourne Storm||Lottoland||Saturday, July 14||5:30pm|
|19||Sydney Roosters||Lottoland||Sunday, July 22||4:10pm|
|20||Penrith Panthers||Lottoland||Saturday, July 27||3pm|
|21||Cronulla Sharks||Southern Cross Stadium||Sunday, August 5||2pm|
|22||Canterbury Bulldogs||Lottoland||Saturday, August 11||5:30pm|
|23||Gold Coast Titans||Lottoland||Friday, August 17||6pm|
|24||Wests Tigers||Campbelltown Stadium||Thursday, August 23||7:50pm|
|25||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, September 2||4:10pm|
Sea Eagles players to watch in 2018
This is a big year for Cherry-Evans. Apart from taking on the captaincy, the Redcliffe-born playmaker has a huge opportunity to reignite his State of Origin career now that both Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston have retired from representative footy. A healthy, happy DCE is vital to Manly’s prospects in 2018.
Trbojevic the younger is the driving force in Manly’s back row. Whether at fullback or on either flank, his long stride and clean hands make him tough to defend when the service is there. He will be looking forward to a big season after missing a significant chunk of 2017 with a medial ligament injury.
Andrew Johns had this to say after one of Manly’s trial games: “Jake’s timing of his pass and his understanding of when to pass is as good as any halfback in the game.” There is a case for saying the elder of the ‘Turbo Bros’ is every bit as important as Cherry-Evans, who benefits hugely from his star lock’s marshalling of the forwards.
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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