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Manly lock Jake Trbojevic.

Manly's horror 2018 season is poised to break new, unwanted ground if they can't beat Penrith and defend what is left of a once formidable reputation at Fortress Brookvale.

With a 5-12 record, the Sea Eagles are in danger of picking up the first wooden spoon in the club's proud 71-year history, but a loss to the Panthers on Saturday would mean they have registered their worst return after 19 games since coming into the competition in 1947.

In only four previous seasons - 1947, 1948, 1964 and 2004 – have Manly won five games or less from 18 outings.

While the first three of those years were played over 18-game regular seasons, the Sea Eagles 2004 side went on to win four of their last six matches to steer clear of a last-placed finish.

Still smarting from the 56-24 thumping by the Roosters last Sunday, Manly are also on a five-game losing streak at home – trailing only the club's record eight-game run across 2003 and 2004.

Following the name change from Brookvale Oval to Lottoland at the start of 2017, Manly lost four straight on the Northern Beaches, then won seven on the trot up until a round-four victory over Canberra.

Sea Eagles v Panthers - Round 20

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