2018 NRL season preview: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

In 2017, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles made the finals under Trent Barrett for the first time, but that task will be tougher this year, with Lachlan Croker set to fill the shoes of the departed Blake Green as they looked to make the finals for the second-straight year!

Roster

Addin Fonua-Blake
Apisai Koroisau
Curtis Sironen
Darcy Lussick
Frank Winterstein
Jack Gosiewski
Jake Trbojevic
Joel Thompson
Kelepi Tanginoa
Lewis Brown
Lloyd Perrett
Martin Taupau
Shaun Lane
Taniela Paseka
Toafofoa Sipley
Akuila Uate
Brad Parker
Brian Kelly
Daly Cherry-Evans
Dylan Walker
Jackson Hastings
Jonathan Wright
Jorge Taufua
Matthew Wright
Tevita Funa
Tom Trbojevic
Tom Wright
Lachlan Croker
Jade Anderson
Manase Fainu
Luke Metcalf
Peter Schuster
Joey Lussick

Coach

Trent Barrett

 

2018 Starting 17 Line-Up (Predicted)

1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Jorge Taufua
3. Dylan Walker
4. Brian Kelly
5. Akuila Uate
6. Lachlan Croker
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Darcy Lussick
9. Apisai Koroisau
10. Martin Taupau
11. Joel Thompson
12. Curtis Sironen
13. Jake Trbojevic
14. Lewis Brown
15. Addin Fonua-Blake
16. Lloyd Perrett
17. Frank Winterstein

Reserves

Outside Backs
Brad Parker
Jonathan Wright
Matthew Wright
Tevita Funa

Spine
Tom Wright
Jackson Hastings
Jade Anderson
Manase Fainu
Luke Metcalf
Peter Schuster
Joey Lussick

Power Forwards
Taniela Paseka
Toafofoa Sipley

Small Forwards
Jack Gosiewski
Kelepi Tanginoa
Shaun Lane

 

Ryan Eckford’s prediction (14th)

Although the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles made the finals for the first time under Trent Barrett in 2017, you sense that they may struggle to maintain the momentum they created for themselves last year.

Although they have recruited Joel Thompson (St George Illawarra Dragons), they have lost Blake Green (NZ Warriors), who formed a fabulous combination with Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves. The Sea Eagles are looking to replace Green with Lachlan Croker, and according to some reports, this is not working out well, and you sense that this lack of confidence in the halves and the spine as a whole is drifting right throughout the team!

Overall, it is looking like a tough year for Barrett and his team!

 

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