Panthers NSW Cup return home to face Manly
PANTHERS – 1. Kieran MOSS 2. Eto NABULI 3. Waqa BLAKE 4. Wes NAIQAMA 5. Kevin NAIQAMA 6. Luke CAPEWELL 7. Tom HUMBLE 8. Sam ANDERSON 9. Kevin KINGSTON 10. Tim GRANT 11. Ben MURDOCH-MASILA 12. Matt ROBINSON 13. Ryan SIMPKINS
INTERCHANGE: 14. Reagan CAMPBELL-GILLARD 15. Nathan SMITH 16. Vaipuna TIA KILIFI 17. Anthony CHERRINGTON 19. Tom EISENHUTH
COACH: Garth BRENNAN
SEA EAGLES – 1. Dom REARDON 2. Delroy BERRYMAN 3. Tony SATINI 4. Cheyse BLAIR 5. Tarrant MARRINER 6. Jack LITTLEJOHN 7. Zach NICHOLLS 8. Ligi SAO 9. Jayden HODGES 10. Epalahame LAUAKI 11. Dylan KELLY 12. Michael CHEE KAM 13. Daniel HARRISON
INTERCHANGE: 14. Sean MEANEY 15. Santana PALMER 16. James MIRCESKI 17. Luke HADDRICK
COACH: Luke WILLIAMSON
After the weekend’s win, the Panthers are now six points clear at the top of the NSW Cup ladder but face another difficult task this weekend when they face the 12th placed Manly Sea Eagles at Sportingbet Stadium on Saturday Afternoon.
The Panthers will be looking to build on their last start win against a tough Cronulla Sharks outfit who boasted lots of first grade experience. The team was well led by Kevin Kingston who put in a man of the match performance at Bathurst.
On the other hand, the Manly side will be aiming to secure their first win since round 14 when they convincingly defeated North Sydney 54-22.
The last time these two played was at Brookvale Oval where the Panthers were too strong for Manly, coming away with a 42-8 point victory. However, Manly will be a very different team to the one defeated on that day, especially with Jack Littlejohn back in the team at halfback now after spending some valuable time in first grade earlier in the season.
The manly side also boasts strike power on the edges with ex-Panther Tony Satini in the centres with Cheyse Blair who has plenty of first grade experience at a number of clubs. Their match up with the Panthers Fijian centre pairing of Wes Naiqama and Waqa Blake will be a deciding factor in the match.
For the Panthers this week, they will be boosted by the return of front rowers Sam Anderson and Tim Grant who both missed last week due to injury. These two will bring good go forward and experience to the team and stiffen up the middle defence. The team also welcomes back Kevin Naiqama to the wing after he has spent recent time in the top grade with the NRL team.