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NRL: Panthers can spoil Cherry-Evans’ big day

After impressing in the opening weeks, the Manly Sea Eagles have been brought back down to earth with back-to-back defeats, as they now prepare to face the Penrith Panthers on Saturday.

It does not get any tougher than a visit from the Panthers and the Sea Eagles will have to rediscover that form from the opening rounds if they are to take down the reigning champions this weekend.

. What: Manly Sea Eagles v Penrith Panthers
. Where: 4 Pines Park, Sydney
. When: 16:30, Saturday 6th April 2024
. How to watch: Foxtel, Kayo
. Odds: Manly Sea Eagles 2.25, Penrith Panthers 1.65

Back to reality for Manly

After opening wins against both the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters in the first two rounds, expectations and excitement were growing in equal measure at Manly.

However, defeats to the Parramatta Eels and the St George/Illawarra Dragons over the last fortnight have brought the Sea Eagles back down to earth with somewhat of a bump.

A formidable test awaits this weekend against the Panthers, before the Sea Eagles are on their travels with a trip to the New Zealand Warriors the following week.

Manly are currently available at 2.25 to come out on top at 4 Pines Park, against a Panthers side who are currently 1.65 for the win in Sydney.

Sea Eagles head coach Anthony Seibold has a settled lineup for the arrival of the champions, as Daly Cherry-Evans will surpass Cliff Lyons to reach the landmark of becoming the club’s all-time appearance record holder.

Making his 310th appearance for the club, the Sea Eagles will be hoping to make it a special day for the veteran, who is 6.00 to score a try anytime against the Panthers.

Penrith finding their stride

After being nilled in their opening game of the season by Melbourne Storm, Penrith have responded in typical fashion with three consecutive wins over the Eels, Brisbane Broncos and Roosters.

The Panthers are going in search of a fourth consecutive NRL grand final win this year and the early signs are they will be serious contenders once again.

In team news for the visitors, Moses Leota will be joined by Golden Boot winner James Fisher-Harris this weekend, with the latter returning from injury.

Mavrik Geyer will have to make way after he made his NRL debut last week against the Roosters, while Brad Schneider will go again at No.7 after impressing on debut last time out.

As expected the Panthers are the favourites going into this one, while the visitors are also available at 1.91 to fall on the right side of -3.5 in the Line market.

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