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NRL Round 9: Panthers v Sharks
The Panthers continue on their winning ways and have no injury concerns. They are at home and there is not much more than can be said about this juggernaut.
Manly threatened at stages and came closest to matching the Panthers in areas such as metres gained, but the Panthers goal line scramble proved too much to overcome.
As for the Sharks, I had my doubts about the coaching abilities of interim coach Josh Hannay, and these have been confirmed over the past fortnight.
The Sharks are making some poor selections out wide (with Dugan passed over in favour of Chambers) and the absence of some powerful forwards (Siosifa Talakai and Braden Hamlin-Uele) hurting their go forward.
With S Katoa and Multalo still out, the Sharks continue to do with make-shift wingers, and while I really like Connor Tracey, I think he needs to be closer to the action.
The Sharks second half capitulation against the Storm was hard to watch. If Munster could kick goals, then that could have reached 50. This is a week after the Sharks were beaten by the Bulldogs!
While the Sharks are still a danger team on their day, I am not willing to take them at the plus here due to my concerns about how much the players are buying in to their coach’s game plan.
Shaun Johnson’s timing was a little off last weekend, and so until I see him and Moylan on the field and combining well in attack and their outside backs lining up, I doubt I will be backing the Sharks.
I am also not willing to take on such a big line for the Panthers, because I think Manly showed that while they are hard to beat, this Panthers team certainly are not invincible.
Bookies have it about right.
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