Manly Sea Eagles v Sydney Roosters, Cooper Cronk, Parramatta Eels, Mitchell Moses v Nathan Cleary

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Now it’s do or die.

After Manly and Penrith misplaced to the Storm and Rabbitohs, their grand finals hopes rely upon how they bounce again in opposition to the Roosters and Eels respectively.

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The Panthers, who’ve solely misplaced a handful of video games over the previous two years, must mud themselves off and go once more in opposition to an Eels aspect using excessive on the again of a Mitchell Moses masterclass and a ahead pack that performed like they had been possessed in opposition to the Knights.

After all of the build-up about Tom Trbojevic’s type, Manly had been uncovered by the Storm and should face a Roosters aspect who refuse to be overwhelmed.

It units the scene for an intriguing finals collection, with Cooper Cronk sitting down on the most recent episode of the Matty Johns Podcast to debate how every crew went final week and the way they will maintain their finals hopes alive.

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FRIDAY

Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters at 7.50pm at BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Sea Eagles crew: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Toafofoa Sipley 19. Moses Suli 20. Curtis Sironen 21. Tevita Funa

Roosters crew: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Adam Keighran 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Drew Hutchison 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 20. Ben Marschke 10. Isaac Liu 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Sam Walker 15. Nat Butcher 16. Egan Butcher 17. Fletcher Baker 18. Dale Copley 19. Ben Thomas 21. Naufahu Whyte

What occurred final week: Sea Eagles 12-40 Storm, Roosters 25-24 Titans

Who awaits them: Rabbitohs, Friday, 7.50pm, Suncorp Stadium

How the sport will likely be received – Cronk says: “I believe Manly misplaced the sport (in opposition to Melbourne) with their poor begin. Every little thing had been about Tom Trbojevic and the way good he was going.

“However their finals inexperience, simply have a look at the primary 5 minutes: the kick-off will get dropped, bounces round, Marty Taupau struggles to get out of the in-goal and Tom’s first sort out Melbourne Storm swarm him and Felise Kaufusi offers him a bit excessive.

“Daly Cherry-Evans and Morgan Harper go down the brief aspect, drop a ball, scooped up and the Storm rating. Deer within the headlights, Tom shut down and inexperience caught up with them.

Daly Cherry-Evans appears to be like on after one other Storm striveSupply: The Each day Telegraph

“If I’m a part of Manly and our gun participant will get hammered into contact or will get hit and he’s not getting what he’s usually getting, I’m like: ‘uh, oh’.

“ Therefore the drop-off and hesitation and that proper edge acquired carved up.

“Many of the chaos James Tedesco has prompted is down the fitting aspect.

“However he has the power to exit to the left, the place he can get a move away higher. After what Manly dished up in opposition to Melbourne, after all (that’s the place you’d go).

James Tedesco has carried the Roosters on his againSupply: Getty Photographs

“It was a sub-par efficiency from Daly Cherry-Evans in opposition to Melbourne. Together with Kieran Foran he was essentially the most skilled finals participant for Manly.

“Defensively he got here up with some poor choices that allow in 4 or 5 tries down that edge.

“He (Morgan Harper) and that complete proper edge, herald Haumole Olakau’atu and Jason Saab too, have gotten to defend as a unit and that’s what they should tackle.”

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SATURDAY

Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels at 7.50pm at BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Panthers crew: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Stephen Crichton 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Liam Martin 18. Spencer Leniu 19. Izack Tago 20. Brent Naden 21. Tyrone Might

Eels crew: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Haze Dunster 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Ray Stone 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Nathan Brown 14. Will Smith 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Ryan Matterson 18. Makahesi Makatoa 19. Oregon Kaufusi 20. Tom Opacic 21. Jakob Arthur

What occurred final week: Panthers 10-16 Rabbitohs, Eels 28-20 Knights

Who awaits them: Storm, Saturday, 4pm, Suncorp Stadium

How the sport will likely be received – Cronk says: “I believe that was Mitchell Moses’ finest efficiency of his profession. He was good, the Eels had a shaky begin however Mitchell had some very nice touches particularly with that strive earlier than halftime.

Mitchell Moses races away to attain in opposition to the KnightsSupply: Getty Photographs

“He was in full management and understanding the context of the sport itself, I believe it was 22-20 with lower than 10 to go and he places a kick in early and he finds the in-goal and he makes the sort out and forces a repeat defence, that was turning the screw for Parramatta.

“That play confirmed me he’s ready for this finals collection, there have been questions on his performances all through his profession however proper now he’s within the field seat to tackle Penrith.

“I believe this will likely be a take a look at of each Nathan Cleary and Moses on this one as a result of each ahead packs will rip one another’s heads off.

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“This will likely be old-fashioned, they’ll conflict within the center and as a halfback you’ve acquired to let your forwards go.

“It should take 10 to fifteen minutes to get ascendancy and as a half you allow them to go, kick the ball in dangerous spots, let the forwards win the arm wrestle after which when the sport breaks open you’ve a couple of crunch touches.

Nathan Cleary should bounce again to make sure the Panthers’ finals hopes keep aliveSupply: Getty Photographs

“This sport will likely be determined by Leota and James Fisher-Harris, who was quiet final week in opposition to Souths, and Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Junior Paulo.

“The factor about Penrith’s disappointment and the facility sport that Parra wish to play with, I can’t wait to look at this sport.

Junior Paulo’s front-row battle will likely be integral to the Eels’ probabilitiesSupply: Getty Photographs

“The primary 10 or quarter-hour of this, these two ahead packs will likely be out annihilate one another. It’s going to be good watching.

“Souths’ defence neutralised Cleary and Isaah Yeo and down the left aspect Matt Burton and Viliame Kikau acquired them into the backfield a couple of occasions, however Souths’ desperation and last-ditch defence got here up trumps.

“I believe Penrith are OK. If they will cope with what occurred emotionally round that sport, I believe bodily they will win once more, it’s simply whether or not they can go onto the grand remaining by beating the Storm.”

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