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NRL match preview: Panthers vs Sharks

Saturday 26th July
Carrington Park
5.00pm

Panthers:
Matt Moylan, Dallin Watene Zelezniak, Dean Whare, Jamal Idris, Kevin Naiqama, Jamie Soward, Peter Wallace, Nigel Plum, James Segeyaro, Brent Kite, Bryce Cartwright, Isaah Yeo, Elijah Taylor.
Interchange: Lewis Brown, Jeremy Latimore, Adam Docker, Sam McKendry, Sika Manu.

Sharks:
Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Jonathan Wright, Ricky Leutele, Jacob Gagan, Fa’amanu Brown, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, Michael Lichaa, Bryce Gibbs, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Anthony Tupou.
Interchange: Pat Politoni, Chris Heighington, Tinirau Arona, Sam Tagataese, Tim Robinson, Matt Prior.

The Sharks head to Carrington Park , Bathurst this weekend to take on the Penrith Panthers.

Cronulla, out of title contention and now simply fighting to avoid the wooden spoon have the ability to cause disruption in the remaining rounds of the 2014 season.

Coming up against the 2nd placed Panthers , the Sharks should look to their young rising stars to play a more natural style of play. Taking a structured approach into this match may not benefit the Sharks , as Penrith’s defence is one of the best in the competition.

Whilst Penrith’s defence hasn’t been at its best in recent weeks, they have proved a tough side to break numerous times in 2014. If they’re back at their defensive best and can continue their undeniable attacking brilliance this Panthers side is a huge threat , not only in this match but also leading into the final rounds of the season.

The Panthers attack will be strengthened with the return of halfback Peter Wallace this weekend. Wallace’s return will see Matt Moylan back in his familiar number 1 jersey , a position that has seen Moylan’s true ability shine for the Panthers.

If the Sharks allow the likes of Fa’amanu Brown and Michael Lichaa the chance to play a more carefree style of football they may produce a shock win, however with Wallace returning to the side for the Panthers and their current impressive form , the Sharks will need to be at their absolute best to claim victory.

Panthers by 10.

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