THE LONG HARD LOOK WITH MIKE WILSON
Penrith Panthers v Manly Sea Eagles
Centerbet Stadium, 3:00pm
Panthers $2.60, Sea Eagles $1.50
Panthers: Lachlan Coote, David Simmons, Michael Jennings, Brad Tighe, Adrian Purtell, Travis Burns, Luke Walsh, Sam McKendry, Kevin Kingston, Petero Civoniceva (c), Trent Waterhouse, Nigel Plum, Luke Lewis. Interchange (from): Nafe Seluini, Dayne Weston, Nathan Smith, Tim Grant, Matthew Bell
Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Jamie Lyon (c), Steve Matai, Will Hopoate, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King (c), Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Joe Galuvao, Glenn Stewart. Interchange (from): Vic Mauro, Jamie Buhrer, Shane Rodney, George Rose, Tim Robinson, Darcy Lussick
Manly may be playing some awe inspiring footy but their record is only so so when it comes to playing at Centrebet Stadium. In the last 4 encounters at the venue, both sides have nabbed 2 wins each.
This will be a good test for the Panthers leading into the finals and the result should give them a good indication of where they stand in relation to the top 4 teams on the ladder.
Manly lost winger David Williams to a hamstring injury last week but rookie superstar Will Hopoate will slot straight into the side. The strong depth of this Manly side is definitely a major contributor to their success in 2011.
Mike’s Best Bet: None
Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $2478.42
(Team lists sourced from nrl.com.au)