Round 21 Preview: Panthers V Raiders

 

Penrith Panthers V Canberra Raiders
Venue: Panther Stadium
Date: 4th August 2018
Time: 4:10PM AEST

Panthers
  1. Tyrone Peachey
  2. Josh Mansour
  3. Waqa Blake
  4. Dean Whare 
  5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  6. James Maloney
  7. Nathan Cleary
  8. Moses Leota
  9. Sione Katoa
  10. James Tamou
  11. Viliame Kikau
  12. Isaah Yeo
  13. James Fisher-Harris
  14. Tyrone May
  15. Trent Merrin
  16. Jack Hetherington
  17. Corey Harawira-Naera
  18. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  19. Kaide Ellis  
Raiders

  1. Nick Cotric 
  2. Brad Abbey
  3. Blake Austin
  4. Joseph Leilua
  5. Jordan Rapana    
  6. Aidan Sezer
  7. Sam Williams 
  8. Iosia Soliola 
  9. Josh Hodgson 
  10. Junior Paulo 
  11. Joseph Tapine
  12. Elliott Whitehead
  13. Josh Papalii
  14. Dunamis Lui 
  15. Shannon Boyd 
  16. Siliva Havili  
  17. Luke Bateman  
  18. Liam Knight 
  19. Jack Murchie  
Match Preview
Raiders were put to the sword by the Storm at AAMI Park last week. The Panthers delivered an amazing come back performance running down the Sea Eagles at Lottoland at their last outing. Earlier in the year they were only seperated by a field goal. They are both great attacking teams, whoever can show real grit in defense will win this.

Key Matchup
James Maloney and Blake Austin. Austin will be desperate to outplay the NSW Blues' five-eighth.  He's shown stunning strike ability especially in the back end of recent games. Maloney's form has been patchy of late, recently admitting he probably should've rested last week. Austin is off to Warrington at the end of the year so he will want to make as much impact in these last few games.

Jeremy's Prediction
The Panthers need to start now if they are to have real impact in the finals. The Raiders season is pretty much over but they have lots to prove and not much to lose at this point. I think the Panthers will take this one by 12, but Rapana will be the first try scorer.

- Jeremy

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