There has not been a match this season that has engendered more controversy than this one with seven Manly players standing down rather than promote inclusiveness.
This match has been gutted by, of all things, religion with seven Manly players opting to miss a match that is set to have a significant bearing on the finals rather than wear a jersey that has a rainbow tinge, somewhat surprising seeing as the ground is sponsored by a beer company and the jersey has a wagering firm on it.
It has seen the line move from Manly +1.5 to Manly +18.5, such is the significance. There won’t be a single neutral fan hoping for anything but disaster for Manly to boot.
It is hard to envisage the Roosters not running riot in this one with half of Manly now made up of Blacktown players. Blacktown are running last in the NSW Cup with a 2-16 record. While the minus is tempting the better play is to steam into the over.
These two have a history of over games. The over has hit in 8 of the last 12 Roosters-Sea Eagles clashes.
The Roosters are in hot scoring form posting 54 and 42 the last two weeks. The over is 13-4 when they are off scoring 40-plus and hits at 65% when the Roosters are off a double digit win.
The over is 10-3 when Manly are an underdog at Brookvale and 10-2 when they play at home off a double digit loss.
All in on the over here with the total well and truly on the rise.
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Joseph Suaalii has 12 tries in his last 11 games and has 12 tries ins last eight games against teams outside the Top 8.
James Tedesco has crossed 10 times in his last 10 outings.
Joseph Manu has nine tries this year and gets a tremendous matchup.
Joey Manu is set to have a field day against a team that is severely disjointed. Manu has three doubles including his last game against the Dragons.
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At least six of the following eight players to score a try in NRL Round 20.
At least four of the following eight players to score a try in NRL Round 20.