Manly Sea Eagles

Renouf: Centre battles could decide grand final combatants

Centres are always crucial and even more so in big games where defence comes to the fore because those in the No.3 and No.4 jerseys control a lot defensively.

You control that line. If you want to push up and tighten things up in defence it always ends with you. As a centre, you get to make that call. It's been known as one of the toughest positions to defend and decision-making is a big part of that.

You have to be alert to what's around you. There's a lot of decisions to make in attack too if you have a two-on-one or there's any type of overlap.

Turbo back in gear

All the talk in the lead-up to this semi-final meeting was around whether the Roosters could replicate Melbourne's template to silence the Manly superstar, but Trbojevic was irrepressible in a two-try, one try-assist performance in the huge 42-6 win.

Manly exploded out of the blocks with Trbojevic crossing in the right corner in the sixth minute on the back of a glut of possession.

A Roosters error coming out of yardage handed the Sea Eagles another chance with Kieran Foran backing up a Trbojevic line break from a nice pass delivered by his brother in the 13th minute.

Sea Eagles steal rookie Broncos forward after losing centre in $1.7M raid: Transfer Whispers

Multiple media outlets have reported Bullemor will be released by the Broncos to take up what is believed to be a three-year deal at Narrabeen.

He came onto the NRL scene last year but has made 17 appearances for the club this season and is one of their talented young forwards.

It will add to the Sea Eagles’ depth.

The Dragons are set to sign Sea Eagles centre Moses Suli, after Manly dug their heels in over a payment they made to acquire Jason Saab from St George Illawarra last year.

Eels' humiliation complete as Matterson marched in Manly mauling

Parker’s head knock and the send-off saw 18th man Moses Suli activated and the new man scored in the corner with his second touch of the ball shortly after then doubled up three minutes later following Marata Niukore’s sin-binning for a professional foul. 

Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler was unsure of Parker's availability for next Friday against the Raiders.

"He's a bit sick, a bit sore. But we'll go through the normal concussion protocols now. It's a short turnaround so at this stage it might be difficult," Hasler said.

"We'll have to see how he pulls up."

Tigers and Storm claim NRL wins

The hosts made a flying start when Mikaele Ravalawa was awarded a penalty try in the second minute – Corey Thompson shoving the Fijian to the floor as he was about to ground an in-goal kick at the end of a 70-metre run.

David Nofoaluma grabbed a clever kick from the inspired Benji Marshall, who booted eight points, to level matters but Zac Lomax went over and added his own extras to ensure the Dragons led 12-8 at the break.

Lussick set to depart Sea Eagles nest

The 193cm prop is into the third season of a three-year deal with the Sea Eagles and has several offers in front of him.

Reports surfaced on ABC Grandstand on Saturday that the Super League was a possible destination for the 27-year-old forward as a lucrative deal had been tabled by an unnamed club.

Manly confirmed to on Sunday that no release had been given to Lussick.

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. 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 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.

Josh Starling signs with Newcastle Knights

The Illawarra junior ignored overtures from the Super League to continue his career in Australia.

"Josh is a good competitor, a great trainer and does a lot of wonderful work in the community," Newcastle coach Nathan Brown said.

"These are all qualities on and off the field that are important to have around our young squad."

Starling joins fellow Manly outcast Jamie Buhrer in Newcastle.

The Knights have also been linked in the local media with a deal involving a potential trade for prop Jack Stockwell.