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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 22 Jun 2007 19:49:00 GMT
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New Zealand Warriors v PENRITH
Mt Smart Stadium, 6pm
Referee: Steve Clark
GRL Tip: Warriors

Head to Head: Played 19, Penrith 12, New Zealand 7
At This Venue: Played 9, Penrith 5, New Zealand 4

One of the biggest desperation derby’s of the season, many media monitors have been left scratching their heads asking themselves why this game wasn’t going to be beamed LIVE into Australia. The 12th placed Warriors battle the Panthers who are residing in the heartbreak hotel that is suite number 15. With the amount of talent on paper, both teams are underperforming by a mile. The Warriors however are only two points out of the top eight and only need a big win against the cut and paste Panthers to get back in the preferred part of the NRL ladder. Panthers five-eighth Maurice Blair makes his first grade debut and he must be good to beat the likes of new signing Richie Williams and Peter Wallace to be given a shot. The Warriors know how to play exciting footy but they need to do it for 80 minutes. Bet your life savings on Ivan Cleary to breathe easy at the end of round 15.

WARRIORS: Wade McKinnon, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Michael Witt, Grant Rovelli, Evarn Tuimavave, Nathan Fien, Steve Price (captain), Louis Anderson, Logan Swann, Micheal Luck. Interchange: George Gatis, Sam Rapira, Epalahame Lauaki, Wairangi Koopu. Coach: Ivan Cleary

PANTHERS: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Michael Jennings, Luke Lewis, Nick Youngquest, Maurice Blair, Craig Gower (captain), Joel Clinton, Paul Aiton, Frank Puletua, Junior Moors, Tony Puletua, Nathan Smith. Interchange: Tim Grant, Frank Pritchard, Keith Peters, Geoff Daniela, Richie Williams (one to be omitted). Coach: Mathew Elliot.

MANLY v BULLDOGS
Brookvale Oval, 7:30pm
Referee: Tony Archer
GRL Tip: Manly

Head to Head: Played 105, Manly 55, Bulldogs 45, draws 5
At This Venue: Played 47, Manly 29, Bulldogs 15, draws 3

One question will be on the minds of Canterbury fans. How will the Bulldogs cope with carjag? Travelling 70 minutes to the Northern Beaches is a physically exhausting exercise on it’s own and how it affects the likes of Willie Mason, Mark O’Meley, Sonny Bill Williams and captain Andrew Ryan will be interesting to watch. The big concern for coach Steve Folkes is his team’s defence. They are conceding an average of 22.9 points per game to Manly’s 12.8.
The Sea Eagles have scored first in their last 5 games and are looking for their 11th consecutive win at home. Consistent in defence and attack, Manly could collar the Dogs early and turn this into a lopsided affair.
SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Jamie Lyon, Matt Orford (captain), Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Glenn Stewart, Luke Williamson. Interchange: Shayne Dunley, Glenn Hall, Mark Bryant, Steve Menzies, Adam Cuthbertson (one to be omitted) Coach: Des Hasler

BULLDOGS: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Daryl Millard, Willie Tonga, Cameron Phelps, Ben Roberts, Brent Sherwin, Mark O'Meley, Corey Hughes, Willie Mason, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew Ryan (captain), Reni Maitua. Interchange: Adam Perry, Nick Kouparitsas, Kane Cleal, Jarrad Hickey. Coach: Steve Folkes - Read More, Here