Shute Shield: Manly & Souths face off in attacking showdown as nine sides battle for top six

With a month left in the regular season, nine teams remain in contention for a spot in the playoffs but that number could reduce dramatically after round 15 this weekend. Manly v Southern Districts The Marlins host Souths in the game of the round at Manly Oval on Saturday and if the sun is out, it could easily be one the matches of the season. The competition’s two best attacking sides are both averaging more than 38 points a match this year and while the Rebels defence has struggled at times, they seem to have tightened things up in recent weeks and have won their last five matches. Manly scored a late try to salvage a 30-30 draw against Sydney Uni and will go close to wrapping up the minor premiership with a win at Manly Oval, where they haven’t lost in 2017. While there are interesting match ups right across the park, keep an eye out for the battle of the two Kiwi fullbacks, as both Josh Turner and Jamie Verran look to spark their respective side’s attack. Pe
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