NRL Super Saturday

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Parramatta v Manly

Parramatta  will look to put to end their worst start to a season in 21 years when the face Manly  on Saturday night. The Eels were booed from the field by home fans in last weekend’s thrashing against Penrith and will hope to restore some pride with a solid display against a depleted Manly outfit.

History – Manly have dominated Parramatta in recent season winning seven of the past ten games between the two clubs. The Sea Eagles are also familiar with winning at Parramatta Stadium having won three from four on the Eels once hallowed turf.

Dangermen – Manly winger David ‘Wolfman’ Williams has been on fire since returning from a serious neck injury scoring two tries and looking dangerous with each carry of the football. Parramatta centre partners and brothers Esikeli Tonga and Willie Tonga are yet to stamp their mark on the competition but are both capable of tearing opposition defences apart.

Prediction – Surely it can’t get any worse for Parramatta. The Eels should rise from their poor start to the season and register their first win against an understrength Manly side. Eels 1-12 .

Sydney v NZ

The Warriors fly into Sydney to take on the Roosters in a 2002 grand final replay. Both sides have had inconsistent stars to the season recording two wins each.

History – The Warriors have an enviable record against the Roosters winning eight of their past ten clashes however the Roosters recorded a victory in the last meeting on home soil. Traditionally the two clubs play out high scoring games thanks to their flamboyant attacking styles.

Dangermen – Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei has been devastating this season. Look for the beast to get on the try scorers list early.

Prediction – Both teams should move the ball around the park through their classy halves pairings. The Warriors defence has been their catalyst in recent seasons and they should hold on for a high scoring narrow win. Warriors 1-12 .

Penrith v Cronulla

Cronulla will hope to continue their recent from when the meet Penrith in Super Saturday’s first game. The sharks have been extremely impressive of late recording two straights wins and two narrow losses. The Panthers easily despatched a lacklustre Parramatta side last week and will be full of confidence heading into this encounter.

History – Both teams have enjoyed success in this clash over recent years with five wins apiece in the past ten games. The Sharks recorded a convincing 44-12 win over Penrith last season.

Dangermen – Penrith centre Michael Jennings has had a stellar start to 2012. Jennings has crossed the line four times in as many games and will be a handful for the Cronulla outside backs.

Prediction – Cronulla look to be too strong here and should record a quality win. Paul Gallen and Todd Carney will guide them around the park and prove to everyone they are top eight contenders. Sharks 1-12 . 

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