Manly Sea Eagles

Manly predicted Round 1 line-up: Soward on who plays pivot

Back-rower Joel Thompson has joined the club from the St George Illawarra Dragons but the team otherwise looks largely similar to the 2017 iteration.

NRL.com expert Jamie Soward says:

"For Trent Barrett, he's seen the blueprint that works for Manly which is having Cherry-Evans play that six role where he can run around and play on the ball and get the ball when he wants it and having the guy alongside him who can control and kick. Croker is going to be important towards that.

Warriors not short on motivation

Staring down the barrel of an eighth consecutive defeat, which would equal the club's record losing run, the Warriors are languishing in 13th position with two games remaining. 

‌‌But centre Blake Ayshford told NRL.com there was no chance his side would lack motivation come kick-off at Mount Smart Stadium.

"We have got the fans, it's our last home game, we are looking to build for next year, there's players playing for contracts and then obviously Benny Matulino, who has played over 200 games for this club, he will play his last home game," Ayshford said.

Winterstein signs new Manly deal

After starting in every game this year for the Sea Eagles, he signed a deal on Tuesday until the end of 2019.
The 29-year-old, lured back to rugby league last year from Rugby Sevens, has flourished under coach Trent Barrett in 2017 to be a cornerstone of their pack.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity Trent gave me last year after three years out of the game," Winterstein said.

"For me, it was about making the most of the opportunity and I have loved every moment of it.

NSW police to interview players and officials over match-fixing allegations

Police said they would work with the NSW Crime Commission and they have the full support of the NRL.

Dozens of players, officials and members of the public are expected to be interviewed.

Earlier this year, the Organised Crime Squad confirmed it was investigating allegations of match-fixing in two NRL games from last year.

Those games were a round 16 game between the Manly Sea Eagles and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and a round 24 match between Manly and the Parramatta Eels.