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The penultimate weekend of finals footy has arrived and who would have scripted this at the start of the year? The fourth placed Penrith Panthers continue to defy all the conventions associated with a club in injury crisis.

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Few have followed Penrith rookie fullback Matt Moylan’s stunning rise more closely than club great Greg Alexander.

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In what shapes as one preliminary finals you would not have expected this year, the Penrith Panthers will take on the Canterbury Bulldogs in what should be a high octane, fun game of football.

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Making opponents wince has never been a problem for Penrith enforcer Nigel Plum, but the no-prisoners approach that took a big toll on his own battered body was often the bigger issue.

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What about this NRL finals series so far? I love how all the “experts” put forth their case for who’s going to win each week, as if they know who will get up and why. I reckon they’re all guessing.

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After one of the best weekends of rugby league in recent memory, we are here. The penultimate round of the NRL competition is about to kick off and each team could realistically make the grand final.

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Penrith coach Ivan Cleary believes the season-ending knee injury to Peter Wallace has spurred his halves partner Jamie Soward onto the NRL heights he has scaled his season.

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I’m siding with Bulldogs coach Des Hasler – it’s hard to believe the Penrith Panthers are not favourites in the lead-up to Saturday’s preliminary final at ANZ Stadium.

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The Panthers’ march into the major semi-final this weekend has echoes of their triumphant 2003 campaign.

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This year’s finals series has been full of controversy and thrilling finishes, and I don’t expect that to end this weekend.

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Penrith skipper Jamie Soward has laughed off claims his side’s lack of big-games experience will be an issue in Saturday’s NRL preliminary final against Canterbury.

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We are down to the last four teams in the race for this year’s NRL premiership and the grand final promises to be one that cannot be missed.

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Penrith club captain Kevin Kingston believes the young talent at the club means there’s no reason why the Panthers cannot dominate the NRL for the next decade.

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Two-time recipient John Lang says Ivan Cleary must be rewarded for transforming Penrith from also-rans to premiership contenders with the NRL’s coach of the year award.

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With the completion of the regular NRL season, now is a good time to look back and see which recruitment decisions paid off, and those that unfortunately missed the mark.

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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak admits he feared he may have missed the chance to play a part in Penrith’s push to the NRL grand final when he was suspended after an allegation of eye-gouging earlier this year.

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The first weekend of the NRL finals didn’t disappoint rugby league fans, with plenty of tension, excitement, upsets, controversy and scintillating play.

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It was always going to take something special to keep try-scoring veteran David Simmons out of Penrith’s NRL finals campaign.

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At the start of the season I placed a bet on the Penrith Panthers to be minor premiers. The squad looked good and fresh, and I thought that, for the generous odds on offer, they might be worth a punt. But I never really thought it was much of a chance.

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Penrith have turned the NRL title race on its head with a miraculous last-gasp qualifying win over the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

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