Saturday, May 24
Referee: Adam Devcich
PANTHERS – 1. KIERAN MOSS 2. ETO NABULI 3. WAQA BLAKE 4. KEVIN NAIQAMA 5. DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK 6. WILL SMITH 7. TOM HUMBLE 8. SAM ANDERSON 9. KIERRAN MOSELEY 10. REAGAN CAMPBELL-GILLARD 11. BEN MURDOCH-MASILA 12. ISAAH YEO 13. RYAN SIMPKINS 14. BRYCE CARTWRIGHT 15. LIAM AYOUB 16. VAIPUNA TIA KILIFI 17. NATHAN SMITH 18. ANTHONY CHERRINGTON COACH: GARTH BRENNAN
SEA EAGLES – 1. CLINTON GUTHERSON 2. JAYDEN HORO 3. TONY SATINI 4. CHEYSE BLAIR 5. DOMENIC REARDON 6. MASADA IOSEFA 7. MANAIA RUDOLPH 8. LIGI SAO 9. JAYDEN HODGES 10. TYSON ANDREWS 11. JAMES HASSON 12. MICHAEL CHEE KAM 13. DANIEL HARRISON 14. JAMIL HOPOATE 15. DYLAN KELLY 16. LUKE BARTLEY 17. EPALAHAME LAUAKI COACH: LUKE WILLIAMSON
The Panthers head to the beaches this weekend where they’ll take on Manly at Brookvale Oval. The Penrith boys go into this match as favourites, sitting third on the NSW Cup ladder, while the Sea Eagles are back in 11th having won just three games so far this season.
Garth Brennan’s team has been in-form of late and are coming off three straight wins, the most recent being a classy 7 point victory over the Bulldogs last Friday. It’s been a very different scenario for Manly who are coming off a loss to the Warriors, and have failed to post three wins in a row for the first time in as many years.
The Sea Eagles should not be dismissed too easily though, having been very competitive in their last few games. After losing their first five matches, they appear to have turned a corner and are looking a lot more comfortable on the field, and they will throw everything they’ve got at our boys.
The Panthers have been on a winning streak but they have had issues with keeping the intensity going for the full 80 minutes of a game. Silly mistakes and laziness has let the opposition put points on the board, and we will have to clean up our act if we want to secure a win over an improving Manly outfit.
We received some great news when teams were announced on Tuesday, with Tom Humble making his return from a very long stint in rehab after ankle surgery. He will replace Isaac John in the halves, teaming up with Will Smith. Young gun Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is also back in the side and will play on the wing, after a short stint on the injury list.
Panther fans will also be keen to see how former NYC Captain Tony Satini has settled in at his new club, with the towering youngster named in the centres for the Sea Eagles.