The fourth-placed Panthers host the sixth-placed Sharks at Penrith Stadium in a Friday night showdown.
Penrith, without their Origin players, stunned the Warriors last week 36-4, snapping a two-game losing streak.
After Jerome Luai’s sensational debut last week, the Panthers have another debutant, with Caleb Aekins named at fullback in place of the injured Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. James Maloney, Nathan Cleary and Tyrone Peachey are in the reserves list and will be a chance of backing up from Origin 3.
As for Cronulla, they are fresh off a bye, while their most recent game was a last-gasp 18-15 victory over the Warriors in Auckland.
A former Panther returns for the Sharks here, with Wade Graham back from injury in the second row, pushing Scott Sorensen to the reserves. Aaron Woods remains on the bench, despite making a solid debut for the club against the Warriors in New Zealand.
Matt Moylan will be up for a big game against his old club, and Penrith will be under more duress with players backing up from Origin, as well as the Sharks having had a 14-day break.
Expect a quality game, but Cronulla have a good record at Penrith, and they will earn a close win.
Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan is facing deregistration from the NRL for continuing to have dealings with the club during his 12-month ban in 2014. The NRL today notified the Sharks boss of their intention to deregister him following an Integrity Unit investigation, while also announcing handing down a breach notice proposing a combined $800,000 […]
The Australian Rugby League Committee board will meet for the last time this year on Tuesday as they look to discuss a variety of matters on their agenda – including the allegations against Shane Flanagan.
The emails documenting illegal contact between Shane Flanagan and Cronulla have been revealed. We think. Not only could they potentially prove a breach of NRL sanctions, they cast further doubt on boomers and their ability to grasp internet culture.