Penrith Panthers look to improve their record in 2021 to 8-0 when they face a resurgent Manly Sea Eagles side in Bathurst on Saturday.
Panthers vs Sea Eagles Tips, Preview & Predictions
Penrith Panthers vs Manly Sea Eagles free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Panthers have won 24 of their last 25 games…
Panthers vs Sea Eagles Tips
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Panthers vs Sea Eagles Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday May 1
⏰ Time: 3.00pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Carrington Park
Panthers vs Sea Eagles Head to Head (last five matches)
- 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
- 30/6/18: Panthers 10-18 Sea Eagles
Panthers vs Sea Eagles Preview and Prediction
An unexpected challenge awaits unbeaten competition leaders Penrith on Saturday when they come up against an in-form Manly outfit who are chasing their fourth win on the bounce.
It was only a few weeks ago that the Panthers absolutely crushed the Sea Eagles at Lottoland, emerging triumphant by a dominant 46-6 scoreline.
Penrith further established themselves as premiership favourites and it was firmly believed that Manly were going to be fighting to avoid the wooden spoon.
What a difference a few rounds can make. And also a man by the name of Tom Trbojevic.
After missing the early rounds of the season with a hamstring injury, Trbojevic has returned with a bang, leading the Sea Eagles to a pair of thumping wins over the Titans (36-0) and Tigers (40-6) following Manly’s 13-12 win over the Warriors.
Manly have won 76 per cent of games with the star fullback in their team since 2019. Trbojevic’s influence as seismic – he’s scored two tries, set up four more and broken nine tackles in his two games back and he will only get better with more matches under his belt.
But can he lead the Sea Eagles to an upset over the Panthers? It’s still unlikely.
Penrith have won their first seven matches of the season and 24 out of their last 25 dating back to Round 6 last season, with their only loss coming in the Grand Final against Melbourne.
Their defence has been immense, with Penrith only conceding 44 points in their seven games this season. No team has scored more than 12 points against them.
With Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary steering the ship, young outside backs such as Brian To’o, Stephen Crichton and Charlie Staines finishing off tries and enforcers like Viliame Kikau and James Fisher-Harris laying a platform, the Panthers look unbeatable right now.
If their team couldn’t look more dangerous, Api Koroisau returns from injury at hooker.
It’s shaping as the game of the round, but I can’t go past the Panthers. Trbojevic should ensure Manly give Penrith a stern test, but when push comes to shove, the Panthers are too strong in defence, so I’m backing them to grind out a low-scoring win in Bathurst.
Panthers vs Sea Eagles Teams
Api Koroisau returns at hooker in a big boost for the Panthers.
No changes to the Manly side that eased past the Tigers last week.
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 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. Mitch Kenny 20. Robert Jennings 21. Brent Naden
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. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Josh Aloiai 16. Sean Keppie 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Zac Saddler 19. Tevita Funa 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Ben Trbojevic
Panthers vs Sea Eagles Stats
- Penrith have won their first seven games of the season
- Penrith have won 24 of their last 25 games dating back to Round 6, 2020
- Manly are on a three-match winning streak
- Manly have won 76 per cent of games with Tom Trbojevic in the team since 2019
- Penrith have won 10 of their last 12 meetings with Manly
- Penrith have conceded just 44 points in their seven games in 2021
- Penrith haven’t conceded more than 12 points in a game this season
- Tom Trbojevic has scored a try in both games this season since returning from injury
- Matt Burton has scored a try in five of his last six appearances
- Eleven of Penrith’s last 15 matches have gone under the total points line
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