13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers 26-38

13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers 26-38

Postby TerryG » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:45 pm

8th September, 2:00pm, Brookvale Oval | #NRLMANPEN

Image 1 Peta Hiku, 2 Tom Symonds, 3 Jamie Lyon, 4 Steve Matai, 5 David Williams, 6 Kieran Foran, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Brenton Lawrence, 9 Matt Ballin, 10 Brent Kite, 11 David Gower, 12 Justin Horo, 13 Glenn Stewart

Interchange: 14 Richie Fa'aoso, 15 James Hasson, 16 Jesse Sene-Lefao, 17 George Rose

Coach: Geoff Toovey

Notes: Brett Stewart and Jamie Buhrer are out. Peta Hiku starts at fullback with Tom Symonds on the wing, David Gower starts in the second row, while Jesse Sene-Lefao joins the bench.


Image 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Josh Mansour, 3 Brad Tighe, 4 Dean Whare, 5 David Simmons, 6 Isaac John, 7 Luke Walsh, 8 Sam McKendry, 9 Kevin Kingston (c), 10 Nigel Plum, 11 Lewis Brown, 12 Sika Manu, 13 Ryan Simpkins

Interchange from: 14 James Segeyaro, 15 Clint Newton, 16 Jeremy Latimore, 17 Mose Masoe, 18 Nathan Smith

Coach: Ivan Cleary

Notes: Brad Tighe returns in the centres, shifting Lewis Brown to the second row and Clint Newton to the bench.Nigel Plum starts at prop, with Tim Grant out. Jeremy Latimore joins the bench, pushing Nathan Smith back to 18th man.
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:49 pm

Sea Eagles v Panthers preview
By Ben Blaschke
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10:30am Thu 05th September, 2013

Sea Eagles v Panthers
Brookvale Oval
Sunday 2pm

The season proper is drawing to a close, the finals are just a week away and as usual Manly is preparing itself for a tilt at the NRL premiership.

It seems as if this time of year was custom-made for the Sea Eagles. Grand finalists in 2007 and premiers in 2008 and 2011, they know exactly what it takes to succeed at the business end of the season and once again they appear to be building towards something special.

Having found some impressive form over the past two months that saw them record a series of huge wins over their hapless opponents, the only question mark hanging over the Sea Eagles of late had been their inability to beat their fellow top-four sides in 2013.

Well, they answered that emphatically last Saturday with a 28-8 thrashing of old sparring partners Melbourne at Brookvale. With the Stewart brothers playing a starring role, it was the ideal warm-up for the September action and they will be brimming with confidence as they look to farewell the regular season on a high.

Manly’s reward for sealing another top-four berth is one last Sunday afternoon game at Brookvale Oval and they will be expected to easily account for a Penrith side that has improved markedly in 2013 but officially fell out of finals calculations with last week’s loss to Canterbury.

However, if there is one thing they don’t want it will be to suffer a shock loss on the eve of the finals – and the Panthers have shown a great ability to stun any side that dares take them lightly this season.

With a physical forward pack, the NRL’s top try-scorer in winger David Simmons, the surprise packet that is five-eighth Isaac John and the dynamic impact of interchange hooker James Segeyaro, they remain a dangerous proposition.

But the fact remains that Manly should be able to get the job done here and given they are locked on 35 competition points with Melbourne and both sides boast an identical for-and-against, the result of this game will determine whether they face South Sydney or Sydney Roosters in week one of the finals.

The big question is, will they want to play Manly?
Eagles coach Geoff Toovey appears to be taking no chances with a number of significant changes for this match.

Brett Stewart is out with Peta Hiku taking his spot, while Jamie Buhrer joins Anthony Watmough on the sidelines. David Gower gets his chance in the starting side with Jesse Sene-Lefao coming onto the bench.

Brad Tighe returns in the centres for Penrith with Lewis Brown moving back to the second row and Clint Newton pushed to the bench. Nigel Plum starts in the front row for the Panthers in place of Tim Grant with Jeremy Latimore joining the bench and Nathan Smith the 18th man.

Manly are poised for their 50th victory against Penrith in 77 clashes and require just six more tries to make it 300 scored against them.

Watch Out Sea Eagles: Steve Matai is renowned for his forceful defence but he will need to be on his game this week because there is no doubt the Panthers will send plenty of traffic his way. Penrith massively favour their right side when attacking the try line, having scored 36 tries on that edge this season compared to just 23 on the left.

Notably, winger David Simmons is the NRL’s top try-scorer in 2013 with 19.

Watch Out Panthers: Beware the short-side play. Manly utilizes the short side more than any other side in the competition in 2013, having done so 229 times down the left and 209 down the right for a total of 438 short side plays. Penrith’s outside men will need to be on the ball.

Plays To Watch: Kieran Foran throwing a short, flat ball to Justin Horo rather than the obvious option of his fullback sweeping around the back. That man is usually Brett Stewart, with the goal being to lure defenders across in cover leaving a gap for Horo to run through; however Stewart’s replacement Peta Hiku has also enjoyed success in this role in 2013 so expect Manly to go to this play again.

Key Match-Up: Matt Ballin v James Segeyaro. The quiet achiever of Manly’s star-studded side, Ballin has been a constant at dummy-half during their many seasons of success and with the likes of Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough sidelined his importance will be even greater.

He will be tested around the rucks though by livewire Segeyaro who has proved to be a superb impact weapon off the bench for a Penrith this year. His hat-trick against Brisbane a fortnight ago was evidence of the danger he poses.

Where It Will Be Won: In the middle, where Penrith are at their strongest. The Panthers are a big, powerful side with some real danger men snooping around the ruck such as James Segeyaro and Lachlan Coote. With Anthony Watmough and Jamie Buhrer among a number of players missing for the Sea Eagles, they will have to lift to get over the top of the visitors.

The History: Played 77; Sea Eagles 49, Panthers 27, drawn 1. The Panthers have lost at Brookvale more times than at any other away venue with 30 losses.

Match Officials: Referees – Phil Haines & Adam Devcich; Sideline Officials – Brenden Wood & Ricky MacFarlane; Video Referee – Paul Mellor & Justin Morgan.

Televised: Fox Sports 1 – Live 2pm.

The Way We See It: A Sunday afternoon at Brookvale is what Manly live for. They won’t have it all their own way, with a number of their big games rested, but it’s hard to see the Sea Eagles going down in this one. They have more to play for and after last week’s big win over Melbourne will be keen to keep the momentum going into the finals.

Sea Eagles by 10 points.

source: http://www.nrl.com/sea-eagles-v-panthers-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/74467/default.aspx
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:59 pm

Preview: Sea Eagles v Panthers
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Last Updated 05/09/2013 8:03 AM

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HEAD TO HEAD: Played: 77, Sea Eagles 49, Panthers 27, Drawn 1.
LAST TIME: Panthers 22 def Sea Eagles 4, Round 12, 2012 at Centrebet Stadium.

MISSING IN ACTION: Manly full-back Brett Stewart will miss Sunday's clash after aggravating a hamstring injury late in Saturday's 28-8 win over Melbourne. While Stewart's availability for Week 1 of the finals is unclear, Anthony Watmough (knee) is expected to return from a knee injury next weekend but will sit out the Panthers clash. Jamie Buhrer is a chance to return this season but will miss at least the next two weeks with a rib injury.

Penrith prop Tim Grant will miss with a knee injury suffered in last week's loss to Canterbury, with Nigel Plum promoted to the starting side in his second game back from injury.

FORM: The Sea Eagles sent an ominous warning to their main premiership rivals with an emphatic six-tries-to-two victory over Melbourne on Saturday night. It was their first victory over a top-four side this season after losing twice to both the Roosters and Rabbitohs in 2013. The win lifted them into third place. A win this weekend will see them finish in third, while a loss could see them drop to fourth if the Storm beat the Titans.

The Panthers bowed out of the finals race with a 34-14 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday night. After being mentioned by most pundits as genuine wooden spoon contenders at the start of the season, Ivan Cleary's men can hold their heads high after a gutsy campaign that was derailed by a horrific late-season injury toll. They are running 11th on the ladder with a 10-13 record, two points outside the eight.

WE THINK: Manly are already assured of a top-four finish while Penrith are already out of the finals race, but both sides have their reasons for wanting to win this weekend. The Sea Eagles don't want to enter the finals series on the back of a loss and desperately want to send departing props Brent Kite and George Rose out on a winning note in their final appearances for the club at Brookvale Oval. It's all about pride for the Panthers who have arguably been the overachievers of the competition this season. The Mountain Men want to finish as high on the ladder as possible and are absolutely capable of pulling off the upset on Sunday afternoon if the Sea Eagles are slightly off their game.

Manly by 4.


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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:09 pm

Played 77, Manly 49, Panthers 27, Drawn 1, THIS GROUND, Played 37, Manly 28
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:10 pm

Manly has won 10 of the last 12 clashes with the Panthers played at Brookvale Oval
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:10 pm

The Panthers have lost 5 from 5 on the road this season against top 8 opponents with an avg losing margin of more than 20
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:12 pm

When a Manly try has been the 1st scoring play,the Sea Eagles have not been beaten at Brookvale in 3 seasons 19 from 19
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:12 pm

Manly have won 8 of their last 9,been 1st to score in all 9,have led at HT in all 9 & the 8 wins have all been by 13+
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:13 pm

The Manly have conceded fewest 1st half points (136) & have the best record for scoring the last try of the match (16)
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:13 pm

Jamie Lyon & David Simmons have been the 1st try scorer for their respective sides on 6 occasions this season
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:14 pm

David Simmons has been the Panthers last try scorer on 6 occasions this season
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:15 pm

Penrith have no late changes & will be 1-17.
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:16 pm

Brenton Lawrence has bee ruled out for Manly with a back injury.

Clint Gutherson and Jake Trbojevic are making their NRL debuts this afternoon for Manly
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:17 pm

Currently 19.2°C , 74% humidity, wind from the South East at 5 km/h
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Sea Eagles v Panthers

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:18 pm

1' Steve Matai gets us underway here at Brookie.
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