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Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Predictions & Tips - High-scoring Souths win predicted

  • Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs predictions for Saturday’s NRL Round 2 match
  • The game is being played at Brookvale Oval (6.30am GMT)
  • Manly Sea Eagles have lost 9 of their last 10 matches
  • I'm tipping a high scoring game with 6 of the last 7 clashes seeing 40 or more points
  • Preview, stats, team news & predictions
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Alex Johnston has scored 3 tries in his last 2 Rabbitohs matches (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 18 Mar 2021
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Manly Sea Eagles vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Predictions


Manly were poor in Round 1 and look there for the taking. Rabbitohs were encouraging enough, although they were no match for reigning premiers Melbourne Storm ultimately.

Both sides have been serving up points-fests and another high-scoring game is predicted. Back over 39.5 points and the Rabbitohs to cover -8.5.

  • Manly Sea Eagles have lost 9 of their last 10 matches.
  • Manly Sea Eagles have seen 48 or more points scored in 9 of their last 10 matches.
  • There has been 40 points or more scored in 6 of the last 7 matches between Manly and Souths.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have won their last 3 matches against Manly Sea Eagles.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have seen 42 or more points scored in 7 of their last 8 matches.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs' Alex Johnston scored 3 tries in his last 2 matches.

Head to Head


South Sydney Rabbitohs have won three in a row against Manly Sea Eagles. That includes a 56-16 victory in the only meeting in 2020.

It continued a trend with the two sides playing some high-scoring games of late. Six of the last seven clashes have had 40 points or more.

Manly Sea Eagles Form


Manly Sea Eagles' miserable end to the 2020 season spilled over into this year as they suffered a ninth defeat in 10 games.

It was a Round 1 embarassment for the Sea Eagles as they went down 46-4 to Sydney Roosters at the SCG.

The Sea Eagles were hammered 52-18 by the Wests Tigers in the pre-season build up to the season and look to have a big job on their hands.

Manly Sea Eagles Team News


The Sea Eagles have resisted the urge to make mass changes, and opted for just one from the side that lost to the Roosters.

Forward Andrew Davey comes in for Jack Gosiewski, who drops to the bench.

Kieran Foran has been passed fit to play, but fullback Tom Trbojevic remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Des Hasler has brought Cade Cust and Sean Keppie onto the bench at the expense of Tevita Funa and Morgan Boyle.

Manly Sea Eagles Team List


1. Dylan Walker 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Andrew Davey 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Josh Schuster 19. Tevita Funa 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Morgan Harper

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form


Souths made a losing start to the season when they lost 26-18 to defending premiers Melbourne Storm in the season opening last Thursday.

The Rabbitohs trailed 22-0 after 31 minutes before making a game of it either side of the half-time break.

It was a second straight defeat for Wayne Bennett's side, who exited last year's finals with a 20-16 loss to Penrith Panthers.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News


Forward Tom Burgess is available after scans revealed no neck or shoulder damage suffered last week.

Jaxson Paulo and Keaon Koloamatangi come into the starting line up at the expense of Josh Mansour and Jacob Host, who are left out altogether.

Liam Knight has been recalled to the bench after concussion, while Patrick Mago is also named among the replacements.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List


1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jai Arrow 18. Liam Knight 19. Tautau Moga 20. Josh Mansour 21. Jacob Host

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Verdict

Manly look set for another tough afternoon. Back the Rabbitohs to cover the line with Alex Johnston getting among the tryscorers again. These two sides deliver points and the overs is also tipped.

Best Bet: Alex Johnston Anytime Tryscorer @-138.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Rabbitohs -8.5 Handicap @-109.89 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Megabet: Over 39.5 Points Total Points @-107.53 at Borgata Sports - 2 Units

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