Date: Sunday August 31
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, Peta Hiku, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Starling, Matt Ballin, Brenton Lawrence, Anthony Watmough, Tom Symonds, Jamie Buhrer. Interchange: Jesse Sene-Lefao, Justin Horo, James Hasson, Jason King
Panthers: Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Dean Whare, Jamal Idris, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, William Smith, Jamie Soward, Nigel Plum, Kevin Kingston, Sam McKendry, Sika Manu, Matt Robinson, Adam Docker. Interchange: Lewis Brown, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Jeremy Latimore, Tim Grant
Manly will be looking to send out Jason King a winner in his last match at Brookvale Oval when they face Penrith on Sunday. King will retire at the end of this season after a fourteen year career with Manly and the Northern Eagles. He was lucky to escape suspension by taking his careless high tackle charge to Judiciary during the week. Geoff Toovey has opted for the same seventeen that went down to Parramatta 12-22 last round. A win for Manly will see them take back the competition lead going into their final round match with North Queensland in Townsville.
Penrith weren’t so lucky with the Judiciary after finding Jeremy Latimore guilty of a crusher tackle on Bryan Norrie in their loss to the Storm 10-24 on Monday night. James Segeyaro is still in Papua New Guinea following the death of his father and will miss the game. Penrith’s depth at hooker is now stretched after Kevin Kingston’s knee injury picked up last week is certain to end his National Rugby League career. Ivan Cleary named the same seventeen on Tuesday but it’s expected Lewis Brown will start at hooker. A win for Penrith will all but secure a top four finals finish as they head into their final home game of the season with New Zealand Warriors next Sunday night.
Manly lost their corresponding fixture at Brookvale last year but expect the home side to win this one. Sea Eagles by 10.