The 2019 NRL draw is out, and Manly 2019 premiership team, Best 17 players, including the skipper DCE and rising stars, is a force to reckon with in the 2019 Premiership campaign.
Following a dismal performance in 2018 season, the Manly Sea Eagles have a lot to prove in the 2019 Telstra Premiership. The return of the ‘Mad Magician”, Des Hasler, has, without doubt, injected a positive vibe into the disgruntled fans and boosted players.’ However, the Manly 2019 premiership team that Des will be working with will determine whether the club stands a chance of making the finals or finishing among the top 8–despite the slim odds.
The club will have to rely on the individual brilliance of the skipper Daly Cherry-Evans and the Trbojevic brothers to reach the finals. It is difficult for any team in the NRL league to beat Manly when the three players are in their best form. But last time, they never rose to the occasion hence the poor raking on the NRL ladder.
But for the Manly 2019 premiership team to deliver, they will need Dylan Walker to provide the much-needed depth in the back five as well as another point of attack. However, he will need to be cleared of his pending domestic violence charges for allegedly assaulting his partner. But if found guilty, the team’s back five will be badly exposed, coupled with a weakened attacking front.
Making it a little bit tricky for Des is the releases Brian Kelly to the Titans while we all know that Moses Suli hasn’t been reliable. In addition, the likes of Brendan Elliot and Brad Parker are hardly world-beaters. With that in mind, the best ways to penetrate opponents will be through the middles counting on their sizeable and mobile forward pack. The Manly 2019 premiership team will have to include Api Koroisau, hooker if they want to perform well.
But the signing of the Kane Elgey, former Titans five-eighth, could be a game changer. Elgey was signed as Cherry-Evans halves partner, a key element that has been missing in the DCE’s equation. If the two gel properly, DCE will be far more dangerous, and that will make Sea Eagles a more competitive unit in the 2019 NRL premiers.
However, the return of the ‘Mad Scientist,’ Des Hasler, could also be the game changer for the club. He has won two premierships as a coach with Manly. In addition, he has an excellent performance record with Bulldogs and manly where he has steered his teams to the finals 12 times in his 14 seasons. But with the shape that the club has after 2018 season, he has his work cut out.
Four factors will work for Sea Eagles this season. First the team strength. They have two of the best front-rowers in the game in Addin Fonua-Blake and Marty Taupau. In 2018 NRL premiers, Taupau made the third-most meters for any forward while Fonua-Blake finished 11th. Together with Jake Trbojevic, the three will provide crucial support to CCE and Api Koroisau.
The prospects the rising start, Albert Hopoate, is the second thing that will work for the Manly 2019 premiership team. The young, powerful and elusive back has been impressive throughout his junior career, and with Manly lacking depth in the back five positions, Des is likely to introduce him to first-grade in 2019.
For Daly Cherry-Evans, 2019 will be a big year. Now he a halve partner in Elgey, and that improves his chances of performing better this season. DCE individual brilliance is superb, but as a skipper, he will need to do more to boost team spirit.
For the new coach, Des Hasler, he’s taking over a team that is in bad shape. The club hierarchy expects that he will stabilize the team and help bring back the winning culture. Therefore, there is a lot of pressure on Des, and with changes in the squad, the Sea Eagle have everything they need to go back good old days.
Here is the Manly 2019 premiership team
- Tom Trbojevic
- Jorge Taufua
- Moses Suli
- Dylan Walker*
- Albert Hopoate
- Kane Elgey
- Daly Cherry-Evans
- Addin Fonua-Blake
- Api Koroisau
- Marty Taupau
- Joel Thompson
- Curtis Sironen
- Jake Trbojevic
- Manase Fainu
- Jack Gosiewski
- Taniela Paseka
- Kelepi Tanginoa
Dylan Walker is in doubt for the 2019 season as has been charged over an alleged domestic violence incident. If convicted, his replacement would likely be Brad Parker or Reuben Garrick.