Homework paid off for Whare
Dean Whare felt it was mission accomplished after helping Penrith gain revenge over the Sea Eagles.
The New Zealand international played a key role in reversing the result from the final round of the regular season, when Manly came out on top.
The 27-year-old came back into the side for the Allianz Stadium clash for his first taste of finals football in more than three years.
He was given the job of shackling young centre Brian Kelly, who had dominated the contest the previous week when Manly came out on top 28-12 at Lottoland.
I did a lot of video on him and worked out where he was going to go,Dean Whare
Whare was back in the centres for the first week of the finals following Waqa Blake's season-ending injury and Dylan Edwards' move to fullback.
He did his homework on Kelly, who had scored a seventh-minute try to get the Sea Eagles up and running in the previous meeting and provided two try assists.
Whare kept him quiet in the elimination final, and says he felt comfortable back in the centres.
"[Kelly] was sharp last week and I had to be on my game. I did a lot of video on him and worked out where he was going to go," he said.
"I think the whole right edge and especially the other side defended quite well."
Coming up against the team that had just beaten them worked out well for the Panthers - they became the 10th NRL club to reverse a result after losing to a side a week before heading into the finals series.
"The best thing for us was we got to play Manly again," said Whare.
"Finals is a different time of the year and you don't get many opportunities; I could feel we just wanted it more out there, our defence and sets were much better."
Penrith are 2/1 to beat the Broncos, who are 21/50. The Panthers are 93/100 with a 7.5-points start.
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