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NRL: One-sided Sunday encounters on the cards

Sunday throws up two potentially one-sided clashes in the NRL, as Penrith Panthers host the Canterbury Bulldogs, before Manly Sea Eagles make the trip to the Cronulla Sharks.

The Panthers still look to be the team to beat this season, while the Sharks will be a tough proposition for the Sea Eagles in the home comforts of the PointsBet Stadium.

Penrith looking to boost points difference

WhatPenrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs
WhereBlueBet Stadium, Penrith 
When14:00 (AEST), Sunday 23rd July 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsPenrith Panthers 1.02, Canterbury Bulldogs 15.00

As Penrith Panthers look to consolidate top spot on the NRL ladder, the reigning champs will be hoping to give their points difference a substantial lift when they host a struggling Canterbury side this weekend.

The Bulldogs’ defence has been woeful for much of the season, with Canterbury on a particularly bad patch of late.

Conceding no less than 224 points in their last five outings, it’s hard to see the Bulldogs plugging up the gaps in their leaky defence to stop the Panthers from running riot at BlueBet Stadium this weekend.

With the Panthers welcoming back star playmaker Nathan Cleary from Origin duty, the Penrith attack is set to be even more potent than it has been in his absence.

That considered, Penrith are available at 1.91 to win with -28.5 in the Line market, for what should prove to be a one-sided affair on Sunday.  

Sharks could have too much for Sea Eagles

WhatCronulla Sharks v Manly Sea Eagles
WherePointsBet Stadium, Sydney
When16:05 (AEST), Sunday 23rd July 20233
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsCronulla Sharks 1.36, Manly Sea Eagles 3.20

A 19-8 defeat on home soil at the hands of the North Queensland Cowboys will have done little for confidence in the Manly camp ahead of the Sea Eagles’ trip to the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday.

The 18-16 win in the previous outing against the Syndey Roosters showed just what the Sea Eagles are capable of on their day.

However, inconsistency has been the thorn in their side this season and is the reason Manly are down in 11th place in the standings and facing an uphill battle for a top-eight place.

As for the Sharks, they were brought back down to earth after high-scoring wins against St George Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers when they were comfortably beaten by the New Zealand Warriors last time out.

Cronulla will be looking for a response after that 44-12 defeat to the Warriors in Auckland and should be able to produce it against an inconsistent Sea Eagles side at the PointsBet Stadium.

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