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NRL: Dragons target Sea Eagles double

St George/Illawarra Dragons have a chance to complete a double over the Manly Sea Eagles when they make the trip to 4 Pines Park on Sunday.

The Dragons are a different side this season since Shane Flanagan took over as coach for the 2024 campaign.

They currently sit in ninth place on the ladder, and if they continue to make progress, have a great chance of returning to finals.

Manly also have their eye on the top eight and sit two places and one point below the Dragons heading in to the game.

They gave the Panthers a run for their money last week and will be glad to be back at 4 Pines Park, which is usually a fortress.

The Sea Eagles will also be out for some revenge after losing to the Red V earlier in the season.

. What: Manly Sea Eagles v St George/Illawarra Dragons
. Where: 4 Pines Park, Sydney
. When: 14:00 (AEST), Sunday 16th June 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Manly Sea Eagles 1.52, St George/Illawarra Dragons 2.55

Manly on the slide

Manly have slipped out of the top eight following a poor run of results that has seen them win just one game in the last five.

They lost by 10 points at Penrith last week, but that could have been a different story had Reuben Garrick brought his kicking boots with him.

The Sea Eagles will be keen to bounce back and do have a good record against the Dragons at 4 Pines Park, winning five of the past six games.

Despite the recent poor run of results, Manly did pick up a 26-20 win over the Melbourne Storm two weeks ago.

It could be a close game again and they can be backed at 7.00 to beat the Dragons by 6-10 points.

Tommy Talau was in great form against the Panthers when scoring four tries, and now has nine tries in the last six games.

The winger is priced at 7.50 to score the first try of the game or 1.75 to score a try at anytime.

Dragons continue to shine

The Dragons have won seven games this season, two more than the whole of last season, and are going well under the leadership of Shane Flanagan.

One of those wins came at the start of the season when they defeated the Sea Eagles 20-12, and they will be out to do the double.

They may not have the greatest recent record at 4 Pines Park, but the Dragons have beaten the Sea Eagles in eight of the last 11 meetings.

Flanagan’s men have scored 78 points in the last two games when beating Penrith Panthers and Wests Tiger, so confidence should be high.

The Red V will be fancying their chances on Sunday afternoon and can be backed at 3.75 to win by 1-12 points.

Zac Lomax scored a wonder try in the win over the Tigers as he continues to shine this season.

The New South Wales State of Origin star is 8.50 to score the first try of the game.

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