Penrith Panthers v New Zealand Warriors
Centrebet Stadium, 7:30pm.
Panthers $2.80, Warriors $1.45 (Sportingbet)
Panthers: Michael Jennings, David Simmons, Brad Tighe, Junior Vaivai, Adrian Purtell, Travis Burns, Luke Walsh, Tim Grant, Kevin Kingston, Petero Civoniceva (c), Trent Waterhouse, Nigel Plum, Nathan Smith. Interchange (from): Nafe Seluini, Dayne Weston, Sam Mckendry, Matthew Bell, Shane Elford
Warriors: Kevin Locke, Bill Tupou, Joel Moon, Shaun Berrigan, Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Russell Packer, Aaron Heremaia, Jacob Lillyman, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (C), Micheal Luck. Interchange (from): Lance Hohaia, Sam Rapira, Ben Matulino, Elijah Taylor, Lewis Brown
MOTIVATION AND DESIRE might be the difference between these two sides in this match as the Warriors make a bid for a place in the top 4 following last night’s defeats to the Dragons and the Cowboys. The thought of potentially starting the finals series with a home game must be mouth watering to the Warriors and they will turn up ready to play.
The Panther’s season on the other hand is done and dusted for 2011 and they now play for pride. Michael Jennings moves to fullback in a move that coach Steve Georgallis had hoped for us all to see last week before Jennings was suspended by the club for a week after turning up to a training session with grog in his system.
It would be easy to think that the Warriors are more than good enough to dispose of the Panthers but if they are ever going to lose a match like this then it would be away from home. I’m pretty certain of a Warriors victory here but unfortunately the bookies aren’t giving much away in the odds department. A Warriors victory -5.5 just gets the nod.
Mike’s Best Bet: $68 on the Warriors -5.5 @ $1.78
Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $2641.37
(Team lists sourced from nrl.com.au)