PANTHERS: 1.Logan GEYER 2.Eddie AIONO 3.Waqa BLAKE 4.Brent NADEN 5.Josh JAY 6.Soni LUKE 7.Jarrod BRACKENHOFER 8.Andy SAUNDERS 9.Kierran MOSELEY 10.Oliver CLARK 11.Chris SMITH 12.Sione KATOA 13.Brendan ATTWOOD
INTERCHANGE: 14. Jordan HALL, 15. Moses LEOTA, 16. Peter TIA TIA, 17. Dave COWHAN
SEA EAGLES: 1. Tom TRBOJEVIC 2. Latrell SCHAUMKEL 3. Charlie TAYLOR 4. Luke GARNER 5. Luke GOSLING 6. Will PEARSALL 7. Nicholas HYNES 8. Evan LEE 9. Michael STIGG 10. Jordan LATHAM 11. Jamil HOPOATE 12. Leonati FEILOAKITUA 13. Liam KNIGHT
INTERCHANGE: 14. Hugh PRATT 15. Dallas KOEN 16. Jack DELANEY 17. Elia FAATUI
This week the Penrith Panthers NYC team travel over to Brookvale Oval on Sunday in another match which is of upmost importance for their top 8 hopes for this season.
With just two rounds of football left in the season before the finals, the Panthers team is holding on to 7th spot on 28 points despite the narrow loss to Melbourne on Monday Night. Manly is just one of a few teams who are trying to take a top 8 spot from the Panthers and they get a chance to get closer this weekend. The Sea Eagles currently sit on 25 points in 11th spot and need to win to keep their finals hopes alive. This means they will be desperate for the win and the Panthers boys will need to turn up ready to play hard.
This is the first time these two teams will play against each other this season and the Panthers will be trying to take some of the positives out of their loss to Melbourne for this week. Despite leading 20-6 at one stage in the second half, the boys went down 22-20 following a late comeback from their southern neighbours.
Manly, on the other hand are coming off an impressive 24-10 victory over the third placed Parramatta Eels last weekend, proving they can match it with the top teams. They will again be relying on their strike power across the field, including Jamil Hopoate, younger brother of Will. Jamil has been a handful in the NYC competition this year and has had a taste of NSW Cup at stages throughout the season. Another player to watch for them is 17 year old Tom Trbojevic. The young fullback has been a star for the Manly side this year and represented NSW in the Under 18s early in the year.
Following many injuries and changes to their line up at stages throughout the year, the Penrith side is starting to get some stability in their team as they make a charge towards the finals and will need the support of any fans and members who can make it out to Brookvale early on Sunday.