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Penrith Vs. Parramatta
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 23 June, 2012
|Centrebet Stadium, Penrith, NSW|
|Parramatta 19 defeated Penrith 18 (XT)|
|Referee: Jared Maxwell|
|Touch judges: R Turner & Adam Reid|
The Penrith Panthers face the Parramatta Eels in a clash that could very well decide which team ends up with the 2012 NRL wooden spoon. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
Parramatta and Penrith have both experienced below par campaigns in 2012 and will be desperate to emerge victorious tonight in a match both sides will fancy winning.
The Panthers were totally outplayed by the Titans last week, losing 36-18 in a match that was over by halftime.
Parramatta on the other hand was competitive against South Sydney, but still looked devoid of ideas in attack as they succumbed 24-6 to the Rabbitohs.
The loss keeps Stephen Kearney’s men rooted to the bottom of the NRL ladder and another defeat here could very well spell the end of Kearney’s reign as Eels head coach.
In good news for Penrith, Origin stars Luke Lewis and Tim Grant make their way back into the side after withdrawing from last week’s clash against the Gold Coast.
Grant and Lewis have been the shining lights for the Panthers this season and hold the key to victory against the Eels tonight.
Lewis is one of the best attacking forwards in the game and will look to cause havoc against Parramatta’s weak edge defence.
Grant meanwhile has established himself as one of the NRL’s leading props and is coming off a terrific State of Origin debut for NSW last Wednesday.
If Grant can pick up from where he left off last Wednesday, the Panthers should be able to dominate an Eels pack that has severely struggled to lay a platform upfront this season.
For the Eels to win tonight, they will have to replicate their performance against Cronulla a fortnight back.
On that occasion, Parramatta produced their best half of football this season to overturn a 20-6 deficit into a 29-20 victory.
That particular comeback from Parramatta came right down to attitude and the Eels showcased plenty of it to get back into the game and secure a great win.
Such attitude however struggled to rear its head against the Rabbitohs, so it will be interesting to see which Eels side manages to turn up tonight.
If Parramatta can play at their best, the Eels should have the Panthers covered when it comes to scoring points, with Sandow, Hayne and Tonga all capable of causing havoc tonight.
Another slow start from the Eels however and it will be the Panthers who run out victors for only the fifth time this season.
Eels by 6