Koroisau knows Tom Trbojevic factor best

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Api Koroisau has warned Penrith teammates to wipe anything they learned about Manly four weeks ago, conceding he's clueless on how to negate the Tom Trbojevic factor.

Koroisau knows the impact Trbojevic has on Manly better than any other Panther, having spent four years in the Sea Eagles' spine between 2016 and 2019.

The unbeaten Panthers wiped the floor with Manly earlier this month with a 46-6 flogging at Lottoland, but expect a far different opponent in Bathurst on Saturday.

The Sea Eagles have since won three straight, with Trbojevic involved in seven tries in the two games since his return.

"I don't know how he does it," Koroisau said.

"He just knows how to inject himself so well.

"It's not just one touch and he's pretty good here, and another touch there. He's in the game constantly.

"And I think that picks everyone else up. It's not just him playing well one week, everyone steps up. He takes a lot of pressure off the halves as well."

Manly scored just 47 points in the first five rounds of the competition without their No.1, compared to 76 in the past fortnight with him.

Defensively he also makes a difference too, with Manly giving up just one try in their past 160 minutes of football.

But as for ways to stop the fullback's damaging impact, Koroisau admitted he doesn't have answers for his Penrith coach Ivan Cleary.

"I was too busy fan-girling over him and thinking he was the best thing ever," Koroisau said.

"There's no real secret to stopping Tom Trbojevic, it's got to be a team effort.

"They are playing like they are a top-eight team. They are playing good all over the park, their defence is great.

"You pretty much just wipe out the five five weeks.

"Leading into this week that changes our perception of how we play them from the first time around."

Koroisau will meanwhile make his return in the clash with Manly, after missing the last six weeks with a broken wrist.

He was then meant to return last week but fell ill with a virus, as Penrith still soldiered on without him to start their season with seven straight wins.

As it stands, the only team who looks possible of beating the Panthers are themselves.

"I've had a bit of FOMO (fear of missing out)," Koroisau said.

"You want to get out there and know you should be out there. But that's footy."