Sea Eagles Continue To Soar

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Jamie Lyon has been in sensational form over the past month. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 12, 2012 – Penrith Panthers 22 d Manly Sea Eagles 4 at Penrith
Round 6, 2012 - Manly Sea Eagles 30 d Penrith Panthers 0 at Brookvale Oval
Round 20, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 12 d Penrith Panthers 8 at Penrith
Round 7, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 22 d Penrith Panther 16 at Brookvale Oval
Round 16, 2010 – Penrith Panthers 40 d Manly Sea Eagles 22 at Penrith

Current Form

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Sea Eagles

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Panthers

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The Sea Eagles  will be looking for their eighth win in nine starts when they host the Panthers  at Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon. Already assured of a top four finish, Manly will be determined to take winning form into the finals series but will be without several of their best players for this fixture. Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough will both miss the match through injury, but Jamie Buhrer could be a late inclusion despite not being named.

Penrith can’t make the finals following last week’s 34-14 defeat to the Bulldogs last weekend but several players will be eager to impress in the last match of the year. The Panthers have made a host of signings for 2014 and several players will be looking for a big performance to ensure they are part of coach Ivan Cleary’s plans next season. Brad Tighe and Nigel Plum return from injury, while Luke Walsh, Mose Masoe, Lachlan Coote and Clint Newton will all play their last match for the club.


1st Tryscorer

Former Kangaroos flyer David Williams  has finished the regular season with a flurry of tries, getting across the line eight times in his past five matches. He collected a hat-trick against Melbourne last weekend, including the first try of the match and has 34 tries from his past 33 matches at ‘Brooky’.

David Simmons  looks set to be the leading tryscorer in the competition this season, despite failing to score in either of his past two matches. He has bagged 19 tries from 23 appearances in the top grade and has touched down first for the Panthers twice in the past five rounds.


Prediction

Manly have soared up the ladder at the back end of the season and are arguably the form team in the competition at the moment. They will be determined to take winning form into the finals and should be too good for a Penrith outfit that has nothing to play for. Manly Sea Eagles by 16

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