Panthers vs Sharks preview from rugby league expert Steve Green including recommended bets.
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These two teams played as recently as Round 9 and it was a total try-fest, with 80 points being racked up between them. The Panthers, in accumulating 56 points, managed 12 line breaks and 47 tackle breaks.
While the Sharks have gone on to win four of their next five, it is worth noting that all of those wins were against teams located outside the top 8 (Dragons 11th, Warriors 12th, Titans 13th and Broncos 15th). And even though they won, their opponents often managed to score plenty of points – with the Broncos scoring 26, the Dragons 24 and the Titans 18 last weekend.
No team has missed more tackles than the Sharks (over 30 per game), or conceded more line breaks (over six per game on average). While they have some attacking weapons in the form of Johnson and Ramien, a powerful forward pack and excellent wingers, they just leak to many points.
And the Panthers make more line breaks than another team (making nearly six a game), and have kept their opponents to the least amount of line breaks all year (conceding about 2.5 line breaks per game).
The Panthers, who have won nine in a row, look set to welcome back To’o. This might see Naden move into the centres and May shifted to the bench. That is an even stronger team, as To’o’s kick returns are second to none in the NRL and May provides a genuine threat off the bench as a 14. Cleary is playing better than anyone in the NRL, and Api, along with guys like Fish, Yeo, Tamou and Martin up front, continue to dominate their opponent in the middle.
The only reason I have not gone harder on this one is because there is a risk that this young Panthers team could be running out of energy. They have been playing high tempo footy for this entire nine game winning streak. Now that they have the club record, there is a chance they come into a match like this one with some complacency.
But the Sharks aren’t travelling as well as some pundits think. If Proctor doesn’t decide to bite Johnson’s arm (or was it a nibble?), then the Titans are a very good shot of winning that game. If the Sharks had have lost to the Titans last weekend, then I would’ve thought the Panthers would have been a least 12-point favourites in this one.
Panthers vs Sharks: predicted score
Panthers vs Sharks: recommended bets
- Bet 2 Units on Panthers -10.5
- Bet 0.5 Units on Ronaldo Mulitalo v Brett Naden in Full Time Try Matchups
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