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The red-hot Penrith Panthers will look to make it nine wins on the trot as they take on the Cronulla Sharks at Panthers Stadium. Stay up to date with their NRL clash with live scores on The Roar from 6pm (AEST).
They’ve had to fight more than usual in the last three weeks, but the Panthers just keep winning and find themselves two points clear atop the NRL ladder in what’s officially their best start to a season in club history. Still, given both Brisbane and Manly gave them a hard time, they’ll be looking to improve even further as the season goes on.
Meanwhile, the wheels look to have fallen off at Cronulla after they controversially sacked coach John Morris. In what’s perhaps been no surprise to their exasperated fans, the Sharks have been nowhere near it in the last three weeks, suffering the ignominy of giving the Bulldogs their first win before getting crushed by Melbourne last Friday night.
Penrith have won their last three matches against Cronulla, but had lost seven in a row beforehand. A win tonight will give them four wins in a row over the Sharks for the first time since 1986.
1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Charlie Staines, 3. Stephen Crichton, 4. Matt Burton, 5. Brian To’o, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Moses Leota, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Kurt Capewell, 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tyrone May, 16. Matthew Eisenhuth, 17. Liam Martin, 18. Scott Sorensen | 19. J’maine Hopgood, 20. Robert Jennings
1. Will Kennedy, 2. Mawene Hiroti, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Connor Tracey, 6. Shaun Johnson, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench/Reserves: 15. Teig Wilton, 16. Jack Williams, 17. Billy Magoulias, 18. Matt Moylan | 19. Josh Dugan, 20. Franklin Pele