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  • Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs expert predictions for Sunday’s NRL game
  • Kick off is at 1:30 PM (AEDT) at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas USA
  • New halves partnership of Luke Brooks and Daly Cherry-Evans key to Sea Eagles' likely success.
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  • Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview
  • Manly Sea Eagles Form
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team News
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team List
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Form
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List

Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview


The new halves combination of Luke Brooks and Daly Cherry-Evans can lead Manly to a narrow victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the first game of the double-header in Vegas to kick-off the NRL 2024 season.

The injury riddled Souths backline is tipped to find it hard to contain the speed of the Manly outside backs on the big stage at Allegiant Stadium and that is where the Sea Eagles will attack and get the underdog victory in the first game of the season.

With both teams outside of the normal environment, it is expected that this game will follow the repetitive round one trend in the NRL of games hitting the under. With a game total of the key number of 42.5, the likely result is definitely below that score.

Manly Sea Eagles Form


Manly’s 2023 appeared to improve as the season went on but rightfully missed the finals, despites winning their four of their last seven games and going down to 3 top-eight teams in that span. 

The Sea Eagles ended the year with an 11-12-1 record and were just not creative enough offensively to be a true contender in 2023. 

The addition of Luke Brooks should give them more versatility and creativity in attack in 2024. 

Manly Sea Eagles Team News


The big news from the Manly camp is obviously the move of Luke Brooks to Brookvale from Campbelltown, but that is well documented.

The latest news is that Tom Trbojevic will start his first game for the Sea Eagles since round 15 last season and will not only join his brother Jake in the starting line-up, but also his brother Ben, who has won a place in the second row.

Ex- rooster Jaxson Paulo will add even more speed to the backline of the Sea Eagles claiming a wing spot with Reuben Garrick moving to the centres.

Manly Sea Eagles Team List


1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Jason Saab
3. Tolutau Koula
4. Reuben Garrick
5. Jaxson Paulo
6. Luke Brooks
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Taniela Paseka
9. Lachlan Croker
10. Josh Aloiai
11. Haumole Olakau’atu
12. Ben Trbojevic
13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange
14. Karl Lawton
15. Corey Waddell
16. Ethan Bullemor
17. Nathan Brown

Reserves
18. Jake Arthur
19. Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega
20. Aaron Woods
21. Tommy Talau
22. Brad Parker

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form


South Sydney ended 2023 in atrocious form losing nine of their last 13 games and slipping out of the top 8 on the final weekend of the season and missing the finals for the first time since 2017.

After blanking the Tigers in round 11 last season, the South defence fell apart, averaging 27.3 points against per game which would have been good for fourth-worst in the NRL, compared to yearly averages. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News


Jacob Gagai will make his NRL debut at the age of 28 years old, claiming a wing spot with the absence of the Suspended Jack Wighton and injured Campbell Graham.

Sean Keppie will start in the front row against his former team.

Cody Walker has been named to start at five-eight despite missing the All-Stars match with an ankle concern.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List


1. Latrell Mitchell 
2. Alex Johnston 
3. Isaiah Tass
4. Richard Kennar
5. Jacob Gagai
6. Cody Walker
7. Lachlan Ilias
8. Tevita Tatola
9. Damien Cook
10. Sean Keppie
11. Keaon Koloamatangi
12. Jai Arrow
13. Cameron Murray

Interchange
14. Siliva Havili
15. Jacob Host
16. Davvy Moale
17. Tom Burgess

Reserves
18. Tallis Duncan
19. Michael Chee Kam
20. Shaq Mitchell
21. Peter Mamouzelos
24. Dean Hawkins

Verdict

The Manly Sea Eagles are tipped to enjoy a fruitful new halves partnership and get the win over Souths. This game is expected to follow the trend of unders in round one and getting the half a point over 42 is a luxury.

Tolutau Koula is expected to have a big year in the centres for the Sea Eagles and can go over in Vegas with great odds as an anytime tryscorer.

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