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The table-topping Penrith Panthers renew their cat-fight against the Wests Tigers. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:35pm (AEST).
Penrith will be looking to extend their winning streak to 11 matches, already a club record. The Tigers will be right up for this one, as they were when pushing the Panthers all the way in a 19-12 loss earlier in the year.
The mountain men have lost their two Fijians for this one, with influential rake Api Koroisau and impact back-rower Viliame Kikau injured and suspended respectively. The Panthers have enough depth to suggest they can cover these losses though, with back-up hooker Mitch Kenny doing well in his limited opportunities to impress so far this year.
The Panthers are closing in on the minor premiership, with a three-point gap now opened up on Melbourne. Complacency is unlikely to be a factor this week, given the chance to kick further clear of the chasing pack against the coach’s former team.
Since Ivan Cleary’s acrimonious split with the Tigers, there has been a fair bit of bad blood between these two teams. Tigers fans won’t have forgotten the image of coach Cleary blowing them kisses after the seven-point loss in Round 8.
Wests come into this following a lackluster 38-16 loss to the Roosters, a performance Andrew Johns labelled as pathetic. Johns commented on Nine’s WWOS that it looked like the Tigers were playing with “no soul”.
Michael Maguire’s men will need a much better performance here if they are to trouble the high-flying Panthers.
Kick-off: 7:35pm (AEST)
Venue: Panthers Stadium, Penrith
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Panthers $1.20, Tigers $4.60
1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Brent Naden, 4. Stephen Crichton, 5. Brian To’o, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. James Tamou, 9. Mitch Kenny, 10. Moses Leota, 11. Isaah Yeo, 12. Liam Martin, 13. James Fisher-Harris
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tyrone May, 15. Spencer Leniu, 16. Billy Burns, 17. Zane Tetevano, 18. Daine Laurie, 19. Kurt Capewell, 20. Matt Burton, 21. Pat Hollis
1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joseph Leilua, 4. Moses Mbye, 5. Tommy Talau, 6. Luke Brooks, 7. Benji Marshall, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Thomas Mikaele, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Alex Twal
Bench/Reserves: 14. Matthew Eisenhuth, 15. Elijah Taylor, 16. Jacob Liddle, 17. Shawn Blore, 18. Chris Lawrence, 19. Sam McIntyre, 20. Josh Reynolds, 21. Asu Kepaoa