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Season Preview - Manly Sea Eagles
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Ins: Delroy Berryman (Broncos), Cheyse Blair (Eels), Dunamis Lui (Broncos), Manaia Rudolph (Tigers), Josh Starling (Rabbitohs).

Outs: Richie Fa’aoso (Retired), Joe Galuvao (Retired), David Gower (Eels), Brent Kite (Panthers), George Rose (Storm).

2013 Record – 4th, 35 points (15 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw).

Stat Rankings:

Attack: =3rd, 24.50  ppg

Defence: 2nd, 15.25 ppg

Marquee Man: Daly Cherry Evans – Had a fantastic 2013 season, culminating in selection for Australia’s winning World Cup squad and running equal second in the Dally M Medal. An attacking halfback who forms a perfect partnership with five eighth Kieran Foran, DCE is an integral part of the Sea Eagles backline and has developed into one of the games most sought after players.

Under the Spotlight: The Engine Room – After the loss of a number of big men in the off season, all eyes will be on starting props Jason King and Brenton Lawrence to gain the much needed hard yards through the middle. Co-Captain King had an injury interrupted 2013, whilst the emergence of Lawrence was yet another positive in a successful season for the Sea Eagles. It will be up to these two to lead the way from the front and lay the platform for their talented halves and backs to shine.

Draw Analysis: Tough start meeting last year’s Top 3 teams in the first month, however this is offset somewhat with their furthest trip being Gosford before Round 9. Have a tough run in with 6 of their last 8 games away from home.

Verdict:

Manly had an outstanding 2013, just coming up short of the ultimate prize.

They did not lose a game by more than 12 points all season, and also won the most games 13+ (11).

They boast one of the best halves pairings in the competition, and have a lethal backline capable of destroying a team on any given day.

A slight concern would be they have an ageing squad, and with a high turnover of experienced forwards in the off season, they may lack the necessary depth to go all the way if injuries begin to mount.

Daly Cherry Evans looks a good chance to go one better and win the Dally M Medal at $9 with Sportsbet.

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