Darry Worthington runs the rule of Thursday’s Round 5 NRL clash between the Sea Eagles and the Broncos.
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We open up Round 5 of the 2020 NRL season with a mid-table clash between the Many Sea Eagles and Brisbane Broncos. The two sides hold an identical record headed into this one with only points differential operating them on the ladder.
Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos
Thursday 11 June
Central Coast stadium
To Win (80 Mins)
The Sea Eagles gave a decent account of themselves in Round 4 putting up a real fight during their 19-16 away loss to the Parramatta Eels.
This was the Eagles second loss of the campaign with their first coming in Round 1 where they went down 4-18 to the Storm. Sandwiched between those two defeats were victories over the Sydney Roosters (8-9) and the Bankstown Bulldogs (32-6).
Manly have a rather dire recorded against the Broncos only winning one of the past five games between the sides. That victory came at home back in 2018 where they ran out 38-24 victors.
The visitors will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s mammoth 59-0 loss to the Sydney Roosters when they travel to Manly.
Last week’s hiding was the second one the Broncos have caught since the return from the COVID-19 break as they went down 6-34 to Parammatta a week prior to the big Roosters defeat,
Strangely enough, the Broncos were actually in decent knick before the break having beaten the Cowboys 21-28 in Round 1 and the Rabbitohs 22-18 in Round. However, they look a shadow of the side that went into the break undefeated.
Verdict: Sea Eagles
They may have a very poor record against the Broncos but I can see them arresting it somewhat with a solid win here. The visitors are in horrid form at the moment and they’re likely to struggle here.