Panthers vs Sea Eagles Round 1 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Panthers vs Sea Eagles Tips

Reigning premiers Penrith Panthers will be without star halfback Nathan Cleary as they launch the 2022 NRL season against the Manly Sea Eagles on Thursday night.

Penrith Panthers vs Manly Sea Eagles free expert footy NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Sea Eagles are aiming to snap a five-match losing run to the Panthers…

Panthers vs vs Sea Eagles H2H Prediction

Best Sea Eagles H2H win odds $1.82 with Ladbrokes

  • Nathan Cleary was missing in three of Panthers’ four defeats in 2021
  • Panthers averaged 14 points less when Cleary was absent in 2021
  • Four of the last seven meetings between the teams were decided by a 1-12 margin

Panthers vs vs Sea Eagles Tips


Panthers vs vs Sea Eagles Same Game Multi Tips

  • Tom Trbojevic has scored at least one try in 15 of his last 18 games
  • Stephen Crichton has scored a try in four of his last five matches at BlueBet Stadium

Panthers vs vs Sea Eagles Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Thursday March 10
Time: 8.05pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: BlueBet Stadium


Panthers vs vs Sea Eagles Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 1/5/21: Panthers 28-16 Sea Eagles
  • 1/4/21: Sea Eagles 6-46 Panthers
  • 1/8/20: Sea Eagles 12-42 Panthers
  • 30/5/19 Panthers 15-12 Sea Eagles
  • 28/7/18: Sea Eagles 24-28 Panthers

Panthers vs vs Sea Eagles Preview & Prediction

We’ve got a mouth-watering showdown to kick off the 2022 NRL season as defending premiers Penrith come up against heavyweights Manly at BlueBet Stadium on Thursday night.

The Panthers put together an incredible season in 2021 to secure their first NRL premiership since 2003, thanks largely to the form of superstar halfback Nathan Cleary.

However, Cleary will miss up to the first three rounds in 2022 after undergoing shoulder surgery in the off-season after sustaining the injury during the Origin series and managing it for the remainder of the year.

It’s a huge blow to Penrith, who struggled in the games they played without Cleary last season, namely defeats to the Tigers and Sharks during the Origin period, while they were hammered 37-10 against the Storm as well.

Penrith’s attack is obviously extremely affected by Cleary’s absence – they averaged around 30 points per game when he played last season, but that total reduced to 16 when he was sidelined.

It begs the question – do the Panthers have enough firepower in attack to outscore a Manly side who piled on the points throughout last season, led by Dally M Medalist Tom Trbojevic.

Trbojevic compiled one of the most dominant NRL seasons in history in 2021, finishing with 28 tries and 28 try assists from just 18 games, along with 33 line breaks and a whopping 124 tackle breaks.

If Trbojevic remains injury-free and can come close to repeating those sorts of numbers, then the Sea Eagles will be confident of returning to the preliminary finals and giving the premiership a real crack.

Manly lost their first four games of last season as Trbojevic recovered from a hamstring injury, but once he returned the Sea Eagles were arguably the most lethal attacking side in the competition.

With speed to burn out wide with Jason Saab and point-scoring machine Reuben Garrick, an experienced halves pairing of Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans and some explosive forwards in Martin Taupau and Hamole Olakau’atu, along with the workmanlike Jake Trbojevic, the Sea Eagles have all the ingredients to challenge for the silverware again in 2022.

VERDICT:

If Cleary was playing, you couldn’t go against the Panthers, especially at home, but with their halfback sidelined, the Sea Eagles are a great chance to take the scalp of the premiers in the opening game of the season.

There’s also the chance Penrith are suffering from a Grand Final hangover in their opening game and that will be made all the more difficult to overcome without Cleary, especially when you factor in they scored 14 points less on average when he was missing last season.

Tommy Turbo was on fire in the trials and appears ready to light up the NRL once again. If Turbo plays near his best, Manly should have too many points in them for a Panthers side without Cleary leading the way (Best Sea Eagles H2H win odds $1.82 with Ladbrokes.)


Panthers vs vs Sea Eagles Teams

Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Matthew Eisenhuth 18. Chris Smith 19. J’maine Hopgood 20. Jaeman Salmon 21. Taylan May 22. Kurt Falls

Sea Eagles team: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ethan Bullemor 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Tolutau Koula 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Andrew Davey 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Jorge Taufua 22. Alex Tuitavake


Panthers vs vs Sea Eagles Stats

  • Panthers have won the last five meetings between the teams
  • Panthers have won 11 of the last 13 games between the teams
  • Nathan Cleary was missing in three of Panthers’ four defeats in 2021
  • Panthers averaged 14 points less when Cleary was absent in 2021
  • Four of the last seven meetings between the teams were decided by a 1-12 margin
  • Tom Trbojevic has scored at least one try in 15 of his last 18 games
  • Stephen Crichton has scored a try in four of his last five matches at BlueBet Stadium

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