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NRL ROUND 9

PENRITH PANTHERS VS CRONULLA SHARKS

FRIDAY MAY 7, 6 PM, BLUEBET STADIUM, PENRITH

An embattled Cronulla club need to find their best if they are to trouble the Panthers at home, in the Friday evening battle, as put simply, Penrith are firing, and Cronulla are not.  Penrith continue to break records, as they keep winning, having now gone the first 8 rounds without losing, the last victim was Manly, who they easily accounted for at Bathurst, last Saturday, 28-16.  Cronulla are 2-6, having not won since round 4 against the Cowboys, and were thrashed by Melbourne last Friday, 40-14.  Some decent rainfall may sodden the pitch at Penrith, but the weather will have cleared come Friday evening, meaning an entertaining affair awaits, in front of what is sure to be a rowdy, partisan Penrith crowd.

Capewell looks likely to hold is place in the Penrith side, having trained well, despite a rib injury, incurred in the game against Manly, meaning Martin starts on the bench again.  Penrith are near full strength, having gained Edwards and Api Koroisau back in recent weeks, and are a fearful opponent for every side in the competition.  Cronulla welcome Ramien back into the side, as he has rehabbed a glute injury, which sees the likes of Moylan and Dugan out of favour still, at this point.  The big blow injury-wise for the Sharks, is Hamlin-Uele who is out a couple of months, due to syndesmosis in his ankle, Toman starts in his place, while Magoulis gets another game from the pine.

Cronulla have been unable to hold the Penrith offence in recent games, as they score 56 points against them in July last year, and another 38 in August, though that is a recurring theme for many of the struggling clubs in the league.  Predicting any games, is helped by long-term odds as well as short, and this is a prime example, as the Sharks are $151 premiership odds and Penrith are $3.25, needless to say, a Sharks win would be stunning.  Penrith are $1.10 to win this game, while the Sharks are +18.5 in the handicap markets and $7 to win.

PREDICTION: Penrith by 20+.

BETTING TIP: $5.50 for Crichton to score a double, and continue his case pushing for an Origin selection, is reasonable.

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