Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

PREVIEWS: Round 12

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

PREVIEWS: Round 12

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TONIGHT

Panthers V Sea Eagles

Panthers Stadium, 7.50pm

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. Centres Waqa Blake and Dean Whare have joined an injury list already containing key personnel, and Nathan Cleary is absent on Origin duty. And while one win since round four doesn't do much for the Panthers' 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

TOMORROW

Eels V Rabbitohs

Bankwest Stadium, 7.55pm

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 outright premiership leader the Rabbitohs. Clinging on to eighth berth by a single percentage point, the Eels allowed an 8-nil lead to slip last weekend for a third successive loss. They 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

SATURDAY

Bulldogs V Raiders

ANZ Stadium, 7. …

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