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NRL: Panthers out to avoid Shark attack

NRL leaders the Penrith Panthers face a tough test on Saturday night when they entertain sixth-placed Cronulla Sharks at BlueBet Stadium.

There are three games to look forward to on Saturday with the Canberra Raiders also taking on the Newcastle Knights, while the Dragons face the Sea Eagles.

But it is the clash between the Panthers and Sharks that really gets the blood pumping as we approach the business end of the NRL season.

The Panthers are battling for the minor premiership with Brisbane, while the Sharks are hoping to push their way into the top four.

Panthers peaking at right time

WhatPenrith Panthers v Cronulla Sharks 
WhereBlueBet Stadium, Penrith
When19:35 (AEST) Saturday 29th July, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsPenrith Panthers 1.14, Cronulla Sharks 5.50

The Panthers have won their last four games on the bounce and were at their clinical best when beating the Bulldogs 44-18 last weekend.

They also saw off the Melbourne Storm in that run and appear to be peaking at just the right time once again. However they are in for a tough test against the Sharks.

The two sides clash for the first time this season, but the Panthers have won five of the last six games against the Sharks.

Cronulla have not won at BlueBet Stadium since way back in 2018 so it is going to take a mammoth effort for them to get the job done.

They will need Ronaldo Mulitalo to be on his game once again. The winger has scored 16 tries in his past 17 games and is priced at 2.45 to score at anytime on Friday night.

Tyrone Peachey is also bang in form for the Panthers, scoring six tries in his last three games at BlueBet Stadium, and is priced at 13.00 to get the first of the game.

Raiders look to respond

WhatCanberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights
WhereGIO Stadium, Canberra
When15:00 (AEST) Saturday 29th July, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsCanberra Raiders 1.65, Newcastle Knights 2.25

The Raiders slipped to a golden-point defeat against the Warriors last week, but should take heart from the way they fought back in the game.

They had also won their previous three games and the green machine remain fifth on the ladder with 11 wins so far this season.

The two sides have already clashed this season with the Knights running out 24-14 winners and Canberra will be out for revenge.

Home soil should help as the Knights have only won one in the last six games at GIO Stadium.

It is likely to be a close game once again and both sides can be backed at 7.00 to win by 6-10 points.

Dominic Young is on fire for the Knights this season and has 19 tries to his name so far. He needs just two more to equal the Knights’ record for most tries in a campaign.

The Englishman can be backed at 1.75 to score a try at anytime on Saturday.

Sea Eagles need to launch finals push

WhatSt George/Illawarra Dragons v Manly Sea Eagles
WhereWIN Stadium, Wollongong
When17:30 (AEST) Saturday 29th July, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsSt George/Illawarra Dragons 2.75, Manly Sea Eagles 1.45

Manly sit just outside of the top eight and the clash against the struggling Dragons has to be viewed as a must-win game.

It is also a special night for Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans, who makes his 300th NRL appearance, so they will be even more determined to win.

But history is not on their side. The Sea Eagles have lost 10 out of the last 11 games at WIN Stadium.

The Dragons have had a season to forget, but they did beat the Tigers last week and are now chasing back-to-back wins for the first time in 2023.

They also have a good record against Manly, winning seven of the last 10 games, so seem to have the sign over them.

The Red V can be backed at 7.50 to win by 1-5 points.

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