Round 17 Preview: Penrith Panthers vs Vodafone Warriors


Penrith Panthers vs Vodafone Warriors
Panthers Stadium
Friday, July 6th, 2018
7:55pm AEST, 9:55pm NZ
Panthers
1 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2 Christian Crichton,
3 Waqa Blake,
4 Dean Whare,
5 Tyrone Phillips,
6 Tyrone May,
7 Jarome Luai,
8 Trent Merrin,
9 Sione Katoa,
10 James Tamou,
11 Viliame Kikau,
12 Isaah Yeo (c),
13 James Fisher-Harris

Interchange: 14 Wayde Egan, 15 Corey Harawira-Naera, 16 Jack Hetherington, 17 Moses Leota

Reserves: 18 Caleb Aekins, 19 Kaide Ellis, 20 Liam Martin, 21 Corey Waddell
Warriors: 
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck,
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 Isaiah Papali'i,
12 Simon Mannering,
13 Adam Blair
Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga, 15 Tevita Satae, 16 Ligi Sao, 17 Gerard Beale
Reserves: 18 Joseph Vuna, 20 Karl Lawton, 21 Sam Lisone, 22 Mason Lino
Match Preview
Penrith are coming off a shock loss at home last week against a superior Manly outfit, and looking to get back in the winners circle as the Warriors come to the foot of the mountain in a bid to stay in touch with the top 4. The Panthers are without Tyrone Peachey, James Maloney and Nathan Cleary this week, while the Warriors are basically full strength minus Tohu Harris. 
Key Match Ups
Lethal Combination vs Makeshift Halves
Shaun Johnson and Blake Green have basically been unstoppable this year. The Warriors have been able to run riot over a good chunk of their opponents off the back of Green and Johnson complimenting each other to perfection, while Penrith are relying on two fringe first-graders at best to lead them to victory. 
David Fusitua vs Christian Crichton 
The NRL's top try scorer is back after a few weeks off with an ankle injury and while he is somewhat quiet when up against the Panthers, the big man in is hot form this season. Scoring at more than a try a game, and with Crichton being more of a defensive roadblock some games, expect Fusitua to grab a double this week.  
Prediction
The Warriors are going to be too good with the Panthers missing their playmakers. The Warriors have won 5 of their last 6 in Australia and the spine of the Warriors will just overrun what is an inexperienced Panthers spine. Warriors will win 28-12, David Fusitua for a double.
Luke



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