Penrith Panthers target their fourth straight win to open the season when they face the struggling Manly Sea Eagles to launch NRL Round 4 action on Thursday night.
Sea Eagles vs Panthers Tips, Preview & Prediction
Manly Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Sea Eagles have lost 11 of their last 12 matches…
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Sea Eagles vs Panthers Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Thursday April 1
⏰ Time: 8.05pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Lottoland
Sea Eagles vs Panthers Head to Head (last five matches)
- 1/8/20: Sea Eagles 12-42 Panthers
- 30/5/19: Panthers 15-12 Sea Eagles
- 28/7/18: Sea Eagles 24-28 Panthers
- 30/6/18: Panthers 10-18 Sea Eagles
- 9/9/17: Sea Eagles 10-22 Panthers
Sea Eagles vs Panthers Preview and Prediction
It’s first up against last in this NRL Round 4 opener as the Panthers look to condemn the embattled Sea Eagles to a fourth consecutive defeat in 2021.
Manly are a club in shambles at the moment, making their decision to extend Des Hasler’s contract just a couple of weeks ago even more bizarre.
The Sea Eagles have lost 11 of their last 12 games dating back to last season, conceding 26 points or more in all of those defeats. That’s simply as bad as it gets in the NRL.
The club can’t win without Tom Trbojevic and the fact they rely so much on their fullback is extremely worrying going forward, especially when he’s injured for what seems like most of every season.
By contrast, Penrith are absolutely flying and are showing no signs of any Grand Final hangover from last season.
The Panthers didn’t concede a single point in their first two victories over the Cowboys and Bulldogs before avenging that aforementioned Grand Final loss to the Storm in a thrilling 12-10 victory last week.
Making that win all the more impressive is that the Panthers did it without star halfback Nathan Cleary. The No. 7 returns for this match after missing the Storm game due to concussion.
There’s not much value to be had in this match (or incidentally most of the games this Easter long weekend), but the Panthers should be winning this one comfortably.
Sea Eagles vs Panthers Teams
Morgan Boyle has joined the Manly bench in place of Toafofoa Sipley in the only change for Manly.
Dylan Edwards is out for the next month for Penrith with a broken hand, meaning Stephen Crichton moves to fullback, Matt Burton shifts to the centres and Nathan Cleary returns at halfback.
Sea Eagles team: 1. Dylan Walker 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Sean Keppie 17. Josh Aloiai 18. Tevita Funa 19. Morgan Harper 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Christian Tuipulotu
Panthers team: 1. Stephen Crichton 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Billy Burns 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Jaeman Salmon
Sea Eagles vs Panthers Stats
- Manly have lost 11 of their last 12 matches
- Manly have conceded 26 points or more in all of those defeats
- Manly have scored just five tries and conceded 20 in their three games this season
- Penrith have won 20 of their last 21 matches
- Penrith have conceded just 10 points in their three games this season
- Nathan Cleary has scored a try in his last three matches with Penrith as favourite at Lottoland
- Stephen Crichton has scored at least one try in nine of his last 13 night matches
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