Defending champions Manly Sea Eagles will be looking to climb up the NRL ladder when they travel to take on Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday.
The Sea Eagles have not had the best of starts to the defence of their NRL title but it is hard to ignore the class running through the side and they will be there and thereabouts come play-off time.
This match has an extra bit of added spice with Des Hasler, who coached Manly to their NRL Grand Final success, is now in charge of the Bulldogs after leaving the Sea Eagles in controversial circumstances.
Manly, who are now coached by former player Geoff Toovey, have managed three wins from their opening seven matches and currently occupy the eighth and final play-off place.
The likes of Brett and Glen Stewart and Jamie Lyon really need to step up in the next couple of months if the Sea Eagles have any hope of retaining their championship.
The Bulldogs are two points and three places ahead of their opponents and will be looking to use home advantage in their favour in order to collect their fifth win of the campaign.
New recruit James Graham from Super League side St Helens has taken to the NRL like a duck to water and if his team-mates follow the England internationals lead then the Doggies will not be far off come the play-offs.
These two last met in Round 24 in 2011 with the Sea Eagles running out 27-16 winners and they will be looking for a similar result this time around.
Luxbet have the Sea Eagles as favourites to win the match at $1.80, while the Doggies are on offer at 2.05.
The Stewart brothers are both back for the Sea Eagles with Jorge Taufua and Vic Mauro making way, while Kieran Foran starts at five-eighth.
The Bulldogs welcome back David Stagg in place of Greg Eastwood, while Martin Taupau gets the nod on the replacements bench.
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