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NRL: Finals on the line for Sea Eagles and Roosters

Manly Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters both have work to do if they are to make finals in 2023, meaning Sunday’s clash at 4 Pines Park is huge.

It is the position of the Roosters that comes as the biggest surprise. They were billed as the team to topple the Penrith Panthers heading into the new season, but are way off the pace.

Everyone has been waiting for them to kick into gear, but so far it has not happened and they are priced at 29.00 to go on and win the grand final.

There was not as much expectation on the Sea Eagles, but hopes were high of a return to the NRL top eight with new coach Anthony Seibold at the helm.

The ladder remains very tight and there is still time for these two sides, but their winning runs have to start now, so whoever loses this match-up will face a huge uphill battle to get there.

WhatManly Sea Eagles v Sydney Roosters
Where4 Pines Park, Sydney
When16:05 (AEST), Sunday 2nd July 2023
How to watchChannel 9. Kayo, Foxtel
OddsManly Sea Eagles 1.65, Sydney Roosters 2.25

Sea Eagles stars back on board

Manly have shown what they are capable of in recent weeks when thrashing both the Canberra Raiders and the Dolphins, but they have not been consistent enough.

The 40-point win over the Dolphins at 4 Pines Park was impressive, but they followed it up with back-to-back defeats against the Eels and the Storm.

With games against the Cowboys and Sharks to come, the clash against the Roosters is one they really need to win.

They will take heart from the fact that their form at 4 Pines Park has been solid in 2023, winning four out of six, while Reuben Garrick loves playing on home ground.

The gun fullback has scored 74 points in his five games at the venue this season and is priced at 2.45 to grab a try at anytime in the game.

Manly have also received a huge boost with the news some star players are back in the mix.

Jake Trbojevic (calf), Jason Saab (shoulder), Kelma Tuilagi (facial fracture), Ben Trbojevic (hamstring) and Brad Parker (elbow) are all back fit and ready to play.

Roosters remain united

Roosters playmaker Luke Keary has shot down reports suggesting there is unrest in the camp and the group is united, but now they need to start showing it.

The Bondi outfit have won just seven games this season and two out of the last five, to leave them in 12th spot on the ladder.

They were easily beaten by Penrith, but in the other four games there were no more than two points in it. It looks set to be tight again here and the Roosters can be backed at 6.50 to win by 1-5 points.

The Roosters have won just two games away from home this season, but did beat Manly 20-10 on their last visit to 4 Pines Park.

They have also won six of their last eight games against Manly, but their current form has to be a concern for all connected with the club.

Trent Robinson’s men are averaging just 16.4 points per game this season, which is way down on this time last year and unthinkable considering the attacking talent they have.

In fairness they have been hit by injuries, but really need the likes of James Tedesco and Joey Manu to step up to the plate if they are to win this one and push for the top eight.

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