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The ladder-leading Penrith Panthers face their biggest test in some time against Canberra Raiders at Panthers Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:35pm (AEST).
The Panthers enter tonight’s clash riding an eight-game winning streak that began with a stirring 21-14 win over the Melbourne Storm – whom they sit one point above in first place. While the rest of the opposition they’ve defeated since haven’t been as impressive, they’ve already claimed the scalp of the Roosters earlier this year.
The Raiders continue to put up spirited performances and narrow victories too. A nightmare month that saw them play the Storm, Roosters, Rabbitohs and Cowboys (away) could have finished them off. Instead, they’ve won three in a row and sit outside the top four on points differential alone – setting the scene for this match to be a classic.
Penrith dropped both of their matches against Canberra last season, but had won the previous four meetings. Penrith have also won eight of their last nine matches at Panthers Stadium – but the only team to beat them in that stretch was the Raiders.
Kick-off: 7:35pm (AEST)
Venue: Panthers Stadium, Sydney
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
1. Caleb Aekins, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Brent Naden, 4. Stephen Crichton, 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. James Tamou, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Villame Kikau, 12. Liam Martin, 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tyrone May, 15. Spencer Leniu, 16. Moses Leota, 17. Zane Tetevano, 18. Mitch Kenny, 19. Matt Burton, 20. Billy Burns, 21. Daine Laurie
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Jordan Rapana, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Nick Cotric, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. George Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Siliva Havili, 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. John Bateman, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Hudson Young
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Joseph Tapine, 16. Ryan Sutton, 17. Corey Harawira-Naera, 18. Sam Williams, 19. Michael Oldfield, 20. Kai O’Donnell, 21. Matt Frawley