Minor Premiership Within Reach

Source: Mark Evans/foxsports.com.au
Jorge Taufau will be at his damaging best on Sunday. Source: Mark Evans/foxsports.com.au

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Sea Eagles v Panthers

Brookvale Oval

 Sunday August 31 – 3:05 PM AEST)




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It’s first versus fourth on Sunday, when the Manly Sea Eagles host the Penrith Panthers  at Brookvale Oval.

If the Sea Eagles come out victorious, they will have one hand on the Minor Premiership , something they haven't achieved since 1997. Interesting stat considering they haven't missed the finals since 2004, made it to four Grand Finals, and won two.  But if they hope to beat the Panthers, they need to be better than they were against the Eels last Friday. 29 missed tackles and nine errors are not what fans have come to expect from last year’s runners-up. He may be slipping a little, but Peter Hiku can still finish the season as Top Try Scorer. Hiku is just three behind Parra's Semi Radradra. Hiku loves 'fortress Brookie' having crossed 12 times in nine home games this season.

It continues to get worse for the Panthers. They have lost seven of their starting 17 from the start of the year, with one more added to the list this week. Jeremy Latimore is out for the last two fixture rounds after copping a two game suspension for a dangerous contact charge. The Panthers may also be without their first and second choice hookers, with James Segeyaro out and Kevin Kingston unlikely to play. Holden Cup hooker Kierran Moseley is favourite to don the No.9 jersey.

Last time these two teams met, which happened to be at Brookie, the Panthers came up trumps. But in 78 meetings overal, Manly has 49 wins.

Both teams coming off losses, and desperate for  momentum heading into the finals - it's a tipster’s nightmare.

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