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The Penrith Panthers and Manly Sea Eagles face off at Panthers Stadium in Round 12 NRL action. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEST).
Tipping in the NRL can become something of a crap shoot around Origin time, with the players selected removed from their club lists for this weekend. At the start of the season, most would have believed Penrith would have been significantly impacted.
However, after a dismal 3-8 start to the season, Nathan Cleary is the only man selected from the Panthers squad. That bodes well for the mountain men, after a morale boosting win against the Eels in Round 11.
Having played much of the season without Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans, the Sea-Eagles have been nothing short of a revelation. Cherry-Evans makes his return straight into the Queensland side, but they now lose Jake Trbojevic to Origin duty for the Blues.
Last weekend’s loss to the Titans will have annoyed Manly coach Des Hasler. It was one of the first occasions this season his charges appeared flat and not primed for the contest. He will be demanding something vastly different in this match.
It is a vital game for the Sea Eagles, with a win temporarily vaulting them into the top four. For the Panthers, it is an opportunity to string consecutive wins together and start to build into what will be a rather mad capped chase for a spot in the finals over the second half of the season.
Manly have looked by far the better of these two sides over the course of the season to this point and should win this match based on it. However, the caveat is the role of James Maloney at halfback for the Panthers.
Cleary has been well out of form and my crystal ball tells me the veteran may just step in, take control and finally lift the Panthers forwards to a dominant performance.
Penrith 26, Manly 18
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Where: Panthers Stadium
When: 7:50pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, NRL app
Betting: Panthers $1.90, Sea Eagles $1.90
1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Isaah Yeo 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. James Maloney 8. James Tamou 9. Sione Katoa 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Frank Winterstein 13. James Fisher-Harris
Interchange/Reserves: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Tyrell Fuimaono 16. Moses Leota 17. Tim Grant 18. Hame Sele 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Caleb Aekins 21. Liam Martin
1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Reuben Garrick 5. Abbas Miski 6. Cade Cust 7. Kane Elgey 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Corey Waddell
Interchange/Reserves: 14. Manase Fainu 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Zach Dockar-Clay 19. Jade Anderson 20. Haumole Olakauatu 21. Lloyd Perrett