SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Tom Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles runs with the ball during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Trent Barrett has named his strongest team available to play the Sydney Roosters in the annual Community Cup on Saturday.

Sea Eagles Team

  1. Tom Trbojevic
  2. Akuila Uate
  3. Matthew Wright
  4. Brian Kelly
  5. Jorge Taufua
  6. Lachlan Croker
  7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c)
  8. Addin Fonua-Blake
  9. Api Koroisau
  10. Martin Taupau
  11. Curtis Sironen
  12. Joel Thompson
  13. Jake Trbojevic
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  14. Shaun Lane
  15. Jack Gosiewski
  16. Frank Winterstein
  17. Kelepi Tanginoa
  18. Manase Fainu
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8 COMMENTS

  1. Considering manly start nearly every season with 1 or 2 key players injured, I have to question Barretts logic in sending out a full strength team for a trail game.
    Give the fringe players a chance to show what they have.
    We already have D Walker, Lussik and a turbo unavailable FFS.

    • Think your meaning jurbo and he is back and even playing in this trial..
      Been training full contact for over a month now,
      But yes I would only be letting taupau, Jake, and Koroisau only play no more then 40. We can’t do without taupau or Jake atm

    • Who’s the “turbo” that’s unavailable?

      Anyway, I take your point, but agree with Holmsey (shhh, don’t tell him), that this is the round of trials you should run your best team to give them so realalistic game time before the start of season, even if you run them for fewer minutes.

  2. Good to see Baz roll out our best possible lineup, cant wait to see Croker, hopefully plays well and cements his spot.

    • I’ll premise this with, I’m not taking the mickey, I know nothing about Croker, I hope you’re right, to the extent that I have pencilled Croker into my Fantasy side as a cheapie, but I wouldn’t be holding my breathe.

      He was a backup half for the Raiders, who don’t have the best halves pairing in the world as it is, and played 1 FG game. If he plays over Hastings, then Hastings must have been a very bad call, and I suspect “Baz” has done enough this time around to get a gig as a SL coach, to further develop his career, and possibly come back to the NRL as FG coach down the track.

      All that said, I’m a solitary Eels supporter on a Manly post, so I’m expecting some grief for these comments, but that’s the way i see it nonetheless.

      • Croker was a junior Blue and Kangaroo, was also named in Freddies emerging blues squad. Yes he played 1 first grade game but he got injured as well and he would have played more first grade games, as for him being behind Sezer and Austin isnt that to be expected? Theyre not going to move their two best halves out of the side straight away for Croker, he had of earned the right to take a spot and he never got the chance.

        As for Barrett comments theyre a bit confusing to say the least.

      • Croker was a junior Blue and Kangaroo, was also named in Freddies emerging blues squad. Yes he played 1 first grade game but he got injured as well and he would have played more first grade games, as for him being behind Sezer and Austin isnt that to be expected? Theyre not going to move their two best halves out of the side straight away for Croker, he had of earned the right to take a spot and he never got the chance.

        As for Barrett comments theyre a bit confusing to say the least.

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