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There are very few matches at this stage of the NRL season that don’t count for something, and the New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles this Friday night is no exception. Read on for our Warriors vs Sea Eagles predictions.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles – Match Predictions
- 1 New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles – Match Predictions
- 2 New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles preview
- 3 New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles match details
There’s plenty at stake for both sides in Round 25, with the Warriors looking to lock in a top four finish, and the Sea Eagles hoping to keep their season alive. Here are our top predictions ahead of the Warriors vs Sea Eagles this Friday:
New Zealand Warriors to Win
The Warriors have had a few quiet games in a row, scratching their way to victory over sides outside of the top eight in recent rounds. However, there’s a reason why they’re sitting in third and on a five-game winning streak, and we say in front of a home crowd at Mt Smart Stadium, this will be the weekend the Warriors fire a warning shot to the Broncos and Panthers.
Expect a big score here, with the Kiwis running rampant over a Sea Eagles side who never really had a hope of making the eight this year, and will well and truly have that hope extinguished on Friday. Up the Wahs!
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to Score
The Warriors number one try scoring machine is on an absolute roll in 2023, with 18 tries from 15 appearances. With the big winger touching down in 10 of his team’s past 11 matches, it’s hard to see Watene-Zelezniak not getting one, at some stage, against the Sea Eagles here.
New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles preview
Heading into this match, here’s a look at how both teams’ seasons have gone so far in the NRL 2023:
New Zealand Warriors
The Warriors have been a revelation this year, shaking off the mantle of being talented yet inconsistent. The team has shown grit and backbone, something that can’t be said of Warriors teams in years gone by, and with an on fire Shaun Johnson, are playing some excellent football. They currently sit third, with 14 wins and just seven losses.
Manly Sea Eagles
It’s been slim pickings for Manly this year, with nine wins and 11 losses. They’re currently in 12th place on the ladder, three points shy of making the cut. With only three rounds left, their chances of making it are slim to none.
New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles head to head
Manly lead the head to head between these sides, winning 25 of the 37 matches between the two teams. This will be their first meeting in 2023, with the Sea Eagles winning their last encounter 44-12 in 2022.
New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles match details
- Date and time: Friday 18 August, 9:00 am GMT
- Venue: Go Media Stadium Mt Smart, Auckland, New Zealand
- How to watch: Sky Sports
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