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The season is on the line for the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors in the first elimination final of the NRL season. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:30pm (AEST).
The Panthers finished fifth on the ladder and will start the match as slight favourites, despite the fact that the Warriors beat them 36-16 across the ditch just two weeks ago.
After weeks of indifferent form, Penrith fans will be hoping their team turned the corner with their win over the Storm last weekend at AAMI Park – a win that denied Melbourne the minor premiership.
Coach Cameron Ciraldo has made one change to last week’s line-up, as backrower Corey Harawira-Naera returns from a week off due to concussion, replacing young firebrand Jack Hetherington on the bench.
The Warriors finished eighth and head into the match on the back of a win over Canberra at home in Auckland last week. They’ll be bolstered by the return of five-eighth Blake Green from a calf injury, replacing Mason Lino.
Coach Stephen Kearney has also named outside back Gerard Beale on the bench, in place of Chris Satae.
It’s the first time they Kiwis have played finals football since 2011 and they’ll be pumped for a big performance.
The Warriors by 7.
Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:30pm (AEST).
When: 5:30pm (AEST)
Where: ANZ Stadium
TV: Live, Fox Sports, Channel 9
Betting: Penrith $1.71, Warriors $2.15
1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Josh Mansour 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Christian Crichton 6. James Maloney (c) 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Trent Merrin 9. Sione Katoa 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris
Interchange: 14. Tyrone May 15. Moses Leota 16. Corey Harawira-Naera 17. James Tamou
18. Wayde Egan 19. Jack Hetherington 20. Tyrone Phillips 21. Kaide Ellis
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Peta Hiku 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Blake Green 7. Shaun Johnson 8. James Gavet 9. Issac Luke 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Adam Blair 12. Tohu Harris 13. Simon Mannering
Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Gerard Beale
18. Leivaha Pulu 20. Mason Lino 21. Chris Satae 22. Karl Lawton