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NRL Preview: Panthers v Sharks

NRL Preview: Panthers v Sharks

The Penrith Panthers host the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Pepper Stadium on Sunday, April 26 in Round 8 of the NRL. The match kicks off at 2.00pm (AEST).

What: NRL Round 8
Who: Panthers v Sharks
When: Sunday, April 26 – 2.00pm (AEST)
Where: Pepper Stadium
I Can Watch It On: Fox Sports
 
Sportsbet odds:
Panthers $1.90
Sharks $1.90
 
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Things You Need To Know:
The Panthers' already crowded casualty ward has two new additions after Saturday's 32-6 loss to the Titans. Josh Mansour (knee) is out for six weeks while veteran prop Brent Kite will miss at least eight weeks with a broken leg. Halves Peter Wallace (knee) and Jamie Soward (back) are both at least a couple of weeks away while Jamal Idris (knee) is out for the season. Ivan Cleary's men have lost four of their last five games to sit in 13th spot on the NRL ladder.
 
Cronulla have named skipper Paul Gallen (thigh bruising) to return after missing Monday's gutsy 18-10 win over South Sydney in horrendous conditions at Shark Park. Prop Andrew Fifita has one more week of his suspension to serve. His brother David is at least a month away from a return from a broken leg. The Sharks have won their last three games to rise to 10th on the ladder.
 
Reason To Watch:
Matt Moylan v Valentine Holmes. The Penrith full-back is already a superstar and the Sharks custodian has been a revelation in his first six games in the top grade.
 
Reason To Turn Away:
There isn't one.
 
Say What:

 

@andrewfifita doing some extra fitness at training #Swimming

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Lurker Alert:
A few weeks back there was talk Luke Lewis was on the outer at Cronulla but he's now playing like a bloke who wants a new contract.
 
Final Word:
The bookies can't split these two but we can't see why. Cronulla have won five of the past six clashes against the Panthers including the past three straight and their recent form is also far superior. Add the fact Penrith are missing numerous stars including their halves and we think Cronulla are specials. Sharks by 10.
 
TEAMS:
Panthers: 1 Matt Moylan 2 George Jennings 3 Dean Whare 4 Waqa Blake 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6 Apisai Koroisau 7 Isaac John 8 Sam McKendry 9 James Segeyaro (c) 10 Jeremy Latimore 11 Sika Manu 12 Isaah Yeo 13 Nigel Plum.

Interchange : 14 Tyrone Peachey 15 Sam Anderson 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 17 Bryce Cartwright 18 Tupou Sopoaga 19 Will Smith 22 Robert Jennings.
 
Sharks: 1 Valentine Holmes 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Gerard Beale 4 Ricky Leutele  5 Michael Gordon 6 Jack Bird 7 Jeff Robson 8 Matt Prior 9 Michael Ennis 10 Chris Heighington 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Paul Gallen.

Interchange: 14 Jayson Bukuya 15 Anthony Tupou 16 Ben Barba 17 Tinirau Arona 21 Sam Tagataese.

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