The Manly Sea Eagles and Canberra Raiders will both be looking to build on their impressive wins the last time out when they square off in their Round 6 NRL clash on Sunday, June 21. Now, with Manly looking to stay hot and Canberra looking to avoid their second loss of the season, let’s find out if the Raiders can take care of business at home or whether the Sea Eagles are the pick to get it done despite being on the road, along with their NRL odds.
NRL Sea Eagles Vs Raiders Round 6
Why Bet On The Manly Sea Eagles
Manly is sitting in seventh place in the NRL standings with six points. The Sea Eagles have gone 2-1 at home and 1-1 on the road this season while putting 81 points on the board and allowing 69 points defensively (+12). Manly comes into this matchup off a narrow, 20-18 home win against Brisbane on Thursday. Tevita Funa, Daly Cherry-Evans and Moses Suli all scored tries while Reuben Garrrick went 2-of-3 on conversions and 2 for 2 on penalty kicks. The win helped the Sea Eagles get back in the win column following their 19-16 Round 4 loss against the Eels.
Martin Taupau (dislocated thumb) and Moses Suli (finger) are out, with Brendan Elliot at center and Addin Fonua-Blake at prop. Curtis Sironen returns from injury in the second row for Corey Waddell and Morgan Boyle joins the bench. The Sea Eagles have won nine from 12 at Campbelltown Stadium.
Why Bet On The Canberra Raiders
Canberra is sitting in second place in the NRL standings with eight points. The Raiders have gone 1-1 at home and a perfect 3-0 on the road while putting 98 points on the board and allowing 48 points defensively (+40). The Raiders come into this matchup fresh off a hard-fought 14-6 road win over the Wests Tigers on Saturday. Jack Wighton and Nick Cotric scored on second half tries five minutes apart while Jarrod Cocker went 3 for 2 on conversions while nailing his only penalty kick. The win helped Manly rebound from a 34-18 loss against Newcastle in Round 4.
Corey Horsburgh returns with Dunamis Lui dropping out of the 17, while Hudson Young returns from a lengthy suspension and replaces Bailey Simonsson on the bench. Raiders five-eighth Jack Wighton has scored six tries in his past seven games.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
The Sea Eagles have won two straight and four of five in this rivalry, including a pair of identical four-point thrillers last season. Still, this season, the Raiders have been the better team from the outset and they’re also got the better defense in this matchup. Canberra has limited two of their last three opponents to an identical six points while the Sea Eagles have given up an average of 17 points per game their last two. For me, that slight edge defensively will be what puts the Raiders over the top in this matchup.
Pick: Raiders 22 Sea Eagles 18
General Match Info Manly Sea Eagles (3-0-2) vs. Canberra Raiders (4-0-1)
- When: Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 1:05 AM AEST
- Where: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Sea Eagles Vs Raiders Live: Fox Sports
- Money Lines: Eagles +150 / Raiders -181
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 6 Matches
- Broncos vs Knights – Thursday 18th June, 05:50 AM | Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
- Warriors vs Rabbitohs – Friday 19th June, 04:00 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Storm vs Panthers – Friday 19th June, 05:55 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Dragons vs Titans – Saturday 20th June, 01:00 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Cowboys vs Wests Tigers – Saturday 20th June, 03:30 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Eels vs Roosters – Saturday 20th June, 05:35 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Bulldogs vs Sharks – Sunday 21st June, 04:30 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney