LIVE: The Bulldogs and Sea Eagles may be well out of the playoffs, but there’s still a lot to play for in their final game of the season.
It’s been a disappointing season for both clubs and they’ve fallen short of expectations and want to end the year on top.
The rain arrived early on, making conditions difficult at the Akor Stadium in the south. As the rain worsened, Warren Smith described it as “rain” on commentary for Fox League.
Match Center: Bulldogs vs Sea Eagles Live Score, Stats, Video
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Fourth minute: Manly score when Dylan Walker Siblin scores through a big hole in the Canterbury line as several Sea Eagles step up in support. Sibley found Walker again to score under the posts for Cherry-Evans to convert his own try.
The Bulldogs have enjoyed a late season under interim coach Mick Potter but have fallen back into bad habits, while Manly’s injury rate looks set to worsen.
It will be an important game for Manly veteran Martin Taupau, who is out of contract and has yet to secure a deal for next season, while the Sea Eagles will say goodbye to Kieran Foran, who will join the Titans next season.
It is Jeremy Marshall-King’s 100th NRL game and also his last game for the Dogs before joining the Dolphins. The club is celebrating Raymond Fitala-Mariner’s 100th NRL game and Josh Addo-Carr’s 150th game.
In team news, Bulldogs star Tevita Pangai Jnr will return after an impressive response to last week’s NSW Cup exit, while Corey Waddell will return from his eye patch suspension.
For Manly, Brad Parker is out with an injury. James Rumanos joins the bench to make his NRL debut, while young gun Kaeo Weekes will play fullback, allowing Tolu Kula to shift to centre.
Bulldogs 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Shupp 4. Braydon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughn 11. Corey Waddell 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Josh Jackson 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Joe Stimson 16. Chris Patolo 17. Tevita Pangai Jr. Substitute: 19. Declan Casey
Sea eagles 1. Keo Weeks 2. Ray Tuimalo-Vaga 14. Ben Trbojevic 4. Tolutau Kula 5. Christian Tupulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daley Cherry-Evans 8. Toafoa Sipley 9. Lachlan Crocker 10. Martin Taupau 11. 12. Andrew Devi 13. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Ethan Bullemore 17. Kurt De Lewis 18. James Romanos. Substitute: 19. Zac Fulton
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