Brad and Jake Arthur will go head-to-head on the big stage as Parramatta and Manly square off in a crucial NRL clash. With stars Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans out due to State of Origin commitments, 20-year-old Jake will make his first start for Manly since joining from the Eels last month. The match holds significant importance for both teams as they aim to stay in the top eight during the Origin period. Brad Arthur, the father of Jake and coach of the Eels, jokingly stated that he plans to come after his son and “bash him” to earn family bragging rights. Despite the lighthearted banter, Brad Arthur is comfortable with Jake’s decision and is looking forward to the match-up.
Both teams enter the game with confidence after impressive performances in their previous matches. Manly secured a dominant 58-18 victory over the Dolphins, while Parramatta comfortably defeated Canterbury 34-12. The importance of the occasion is not lost on Brad Arthur, who acknowledges that it is a big occasion for both clubs. He recognises the need for the two points and expects a closely contested encounter.
Manly coach Anthony Seibold is confident that the spotlight surrounding the Arthur family rivalry will not affect Jake’s performance. Describing him as a calm and collected young man, Seibold believes that Jake understands the unique situation and will handle the pressure well. The coach also highlights the significance of the match for both Brad and Jake, suggesting that it will be a memorable experience for the family.
While missing their Origin representatives, Manly sees it as an ideal opportunity to test their young and promising players. Seibold believes that this is a chance to give them some valuable game time and assess their potential. The absence of key players is undoubtedly a blow for Manly, but the team remains optimistic about the capabilities of their young guns.
The upcoming match between Parramatta and Manly also marks the first game since St George Illawarra announced that Manly’s assistant coach, Shane Flanagan, would take over as head coach next season. Seibold assures that Flanagan is fully committed to his role at Manly for the remainder of the season and has effectively managed his schedule thus far. The club and Seibold express their support and happiness for Flanagan’s opportunity with the Dragons.
As the Arthur family rivalry takes center stage, all eyes will be on Brad and Jake Arthur as they face off for the first time in a public NRL clash. The match holds immense significance for both teams as they aim to secure the crucial two points. With lighthearted banter and genuine excitement surrounding the family duel, fans can expect an intriguing and closely contested encounter between Parramatta and Manly.