The 2019 NRL draw is out, but how much do you know about your team? Here is all you need to know about the Manly Sea Eagles 2019 NRL Draw.
The 2019 NFL premiership will definitely be an interesting one for the Manly Sea Eagles club. They have got a new coach and signed the former Titans five-eighth, Kane Elgey, to improve the team’s halves performance. They are also nursing last year’s NRL premiership wounds following a dismal performance. From the Manly Sea Eagles 2019 NRL season draw as released by NRL, Des Hasler has an exciting start of the season where three of the first four matches are against 2018 playoff sides. For the Manly Sea Eagles’ fans, here is the club draw looks like.
Teams they play twice: Warriors, Knights, Wests Tigers, Dragons, Raiders, Titans, Eels, Storm, Rabbitohs.
Teams they play once: Broncos, Roosters, Sharks, Panthers, Cowboys, Bulldogs.
Day-by-day breakdown: Thursday – 2, Friday – 4, Saturday – 13, Sunday – 5.
Five-day turnarounds: 1 (Rd 11)
The first month of 2019 NRL premiership campaign will be a little bit of a challenge since three matched of the four rounds are against 2018 playoff teams. They will start with a road trip to Tigers before locking horns with Roosters at Lottoland. They will then host Warriors for rounds before crushing with Rabbitohs at Lottoland. With three of the matches played at home, Des has a chance to impress fans with good results.
Five Key Matches
Raiders (R7, Lottoland): This will be a rematch for Manly after a Raiders’ 21-20 defeat last year. In 2017, Manly had thrashed Canberra two times, and they will be aiming to do this same in round 7 at Lottoland.
Sharks (R10, Shark Park): This is one of the matches that Sea Eagles’ fans are expecting a win. Manly hold an impressive record against sharks where they have thrashed them 15 times from the 17 meetings that they have had in the past decade. However, the fact it is an away match gives Sharks an advantage due to a home crowd.
Panthers (R12, Panthers Stadium): Panthers have been spoiling for Sea Eagle for a long time now. In 2017, Panthers kicked the Sea Eagles out of the finals in Week One. In 2018 season, Panther made an absurd comeback with four tries in seven minutes in their round 20 match which denied the under-siege Manly a vital win. Visiting Panther in round 12 is a game to watch as Manly tries to break to snatch an away win.
Eels (R18, Lottoland): Whenever these two teams lock horns, you can never tell what to expect. In 2018, both sides inflicted embarrassing defeats to each other. Manly thrashed Eels 54-0 at home in round 2 before the Eels responded with a 44-10 win in round 7. There are high chances that the home team (Manly) would likely win the game, but the 2018 bottom-ranked side might pull up a surprise.
Storm (R19, AAMI Park): Their decade-old rivalry between these two teams was rekindled in round 11, 2018 clash when Manly thrashed the Storm 24-4. However, in round 18, the Storm secured a narrow win of 14-13 at Lottoland. Their round 19, 2019 clash at AAMI Park is a must-watch rematch.
Toughest League Stretch
Round 2- 6 forms the toughest stretch in the Manly Sea Eagles 2019 NRL season draw. The team has a couple of away trips some of which they will play a 2018 top-eight side. In round 2, they host 2018 premiers, the Roosters, before taking a road trip to Christchurch to play with worriers. In R4, they host Rabbitohs before visiting Knights followed by another trip to lock horns with the Dragons in round 6. This will be a tough stretch for Des Hasler and his men.
That’s all you need to know about the Manly Sea Eagles 2019 NRL season draw. However, it would be important to note that in Sea Eagles will travel to Christchurch for a second straight year. Last year, they came out wounded 34-14 so this will be a rematch for Manly to win.