Written by Christopher Tearse
Saturday, August 8, 7.35 PM, Round 13, Panthers Stadium, Penrith, Penrith Panthers take on Canberra Raiders NRL Match Preview
The 2020 grand final preview? time to separate the boys from the men, this showdown unites history and future, the Raiders are still hungry and have empty stomachs walking away from last years NRL Premiership as runners up meanwhile the new kids on the block the Panthers have been getting all the accolades and the encouragement if the Raiders were to win this it would certainly send a message so strong it would rattle all the teams in the NRL competition, both teams close enough to full strength no excuses!
The Penrith Panthers
|Billy Burns||Charlie Staines|
1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo
Reserves: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Zane Tetevano 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Matt Burton 20. Billy Burns 21. Daine Laurie
Coach: Ivan Cleary
The Canberra Raiders
|Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad||Semi Valemei|
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Jordan Rapana 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young
Reserves: 14. Tom Starling 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Sam Williams 19. Michael Oldfield 20. Kai O’Donnell 21. Matt Frawley
Coach: Ricky Stuart
The last time these two teams met the Panthers at home were beaten 18-30. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 44 matches played between the Raiders and the Panthers split right down the middle 22 apiece, all other statistics suggest the Panthers taking care of business.
Penrith Panthers for the win.