Manly’s fearless leader, Captain Daly Cherry-Evans, has provided an exciting update for Sea Eagles fans. He suggests that star player Jake Trbojevic may make his triumphant return next Sunday against the Roosters. With the team in desperate need of reinforcements following a disappointing 24-6 loss to Melbourne at AAMI Park, the potential return of Jake is a welcomed piece of news.
Unfortunately, the Sea Eagles were also without Jake’s brother Tom, who suffered a season-ending pectoral injury during Origin II. In addition to the Trbojevic brothers, Manly is facing further setbacks with injuries to Brad Parker, Jason Saab, and Kelma Tuilagi.
Despite these challenges, Origin star and Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans showed his resilience by playing in the team’s recent match. However, he took a brief rest in the final minutes of the game. Cherry-Evans passionately spoke about Jake’s potential return post-game, stating, “Yeah, he’s looking really good. He’s taking his time with this one. Last time he came back too soon, which is understandable considering his desire to play in Origin. It seems like he should be back next week.”
Coach Anthony Seibold also confirmed post-game that not only will Jake Trbojevic be available, but his brother Ben, Saab, Parker, and Tuilagi will also make their return. Seibold expressed the team’s need for competition in the squad, highlighting the importance of having multiple options to choose from.
Currently sitting in 12th place on the ladder, Manly will need to significantly improve their performance in the remaining matches of the season if they hope to secure a spot in the finals.
NRL Highlights: Storm v Sea Eagles – Round 17
The Sea Eagles had a promising start to their match against Melbourne, taking the lead with a Haumole Olakau’atu try within the first 13 minutes. However, Jahrome Hughes quickly retaliated, scoring for the Storm thanks to a spectacular flick pass from Will Warbrick. It wasn’t until the 37th minute that the Storm took the lead, when Jonah Pezet, a replacement for Cameron Munster, scored, making it 10-6 at half-time. Melbourne maintained control in the second half, with Nelson Asofa-Solomona breaking through Manly’s defense to score, and Xavier Coates stealing the spotlight with a double in the final 20 minutes.
The Storm’s next challenge will be against the Panthers next Friday.
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