Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Sunday Match Gives Titans Favour; Advantage Needed for GC

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Sunday Match Gives Titans Favour; Advantage Needed for GC

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Panthers V Sea Eagles


History: Played 88, Sea Eagles 52, Panthers 35, drawn 1

Last met: Sea Eagles 28-24, round 20, 2018

Ladbrokes odds: Panthers $1.90, Sea Eagles $1.90

Dumped from the Blues Origin team after nine successive appearances, Panthers' spearhead James Maloney needs to stand taller than ever if his team is to win this. Already hit by injury to key personnel, centres Waqa Blake and Dean Whare have now joined the list and Nathan Cleary is absent on Origin duty. And while one win since round four doesn't do much for their standing on the ladder, a victory at home against the Sea Eagles would be massive for team morale. Brad Parker (broken jaw) joins a hospital ward full of injured Eagles and without leaders Daly Cherry-Evans and Jake Trbojevic, they are vulnerable despite their 22-20 winning record at Penrith.

TIP - Panthers


Eels V Rabbitohs


History: Played 126, Rabbitohs 69, Eels 54, drawn 3

Last met: Rabbitohs 26-20, round 20, 2018

Ladbrokes odds: Eels $1.62, Rabbitohs $2.28

Unaffected by Origin selection, playing at their palatial new home ground and with troops returning from injury, the Eels will not have a better opportunity than tomorrow night to beat the outright premiership leading Rabbitohs. Clinging onto eighth berth by a single percentage point, the Eels allowed an 8-nil lead slip for a third successive loss last weekend and badly need the two points on offer here. And with the Rabbitohs minus Origin stars Cody Walker, Dane Gagai, Damien Cook and Cameron Murray, and champion halfback Adam Reynolds unlikely to play, Wayne Bennett's men appear ripe for the picking. Which version of the 2019 Eels' team turns up is the burning question. TIP - Eels


Bulldogs V Raiders


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