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Penrith Panthers vs New Zealand Warriors NRL Preview and Team News - Panthers unbeaten at home against Warriors since 2012

Andrew Hendrie 15 May 2019
  • Penrith Panthers take on New Zealand Warriors in Round 10 of the NRL on Friday
  • Panthers have won four of their last five encounters
Panthers face Warriors on Friday (PA Images)

Penrith Panthers go in search of a much-needed two points on Friday night when they play host to the unpredictable New Zealand Warriors in NRL Round 10 action.

Languishing at the foot of the ladder with just two wins from nine games, can the Panthers begin to turn their season around when they face the Warriors at home on Friday night?

It’s been a nightmare year for the Panthers so far - they started 2019 with a series of off-field controversy and on the field, they’ve been extremely poor, losing seven of their first nine games.

Touted as premiership contenders at the start of the season, the Panthers are currently anchored to the bottom of the ladder with the Bulldogs and face an uphill battle to simply make the top eight, let alone challenger for the title.

It didn’t get any better for the Panthers last week as they conceded five tries in the first 17 minutes and went on to lose 30-4 to the Tigers.

Ivan Cleary has wielded the axe and dropped NSW Origin stars Josh Mansour and Reagan Campbell-Gillard in an attempt to light a fire in his side.

The Warriors aren’t travelling much better than the Panthers and currently sit in 12th spot on the ladder with three wins from their nine games.

However, they come into this clash in much better spirits after their eight-point win over the Dragons in Magic Round last week.

Still, you never know what you’re going to get from the Warriors, but if they can conjure up back-to-back wins on Thursday, we can begin to take them a bit more seriously.

In saying that, the Warriors have a terrible record away to Penrith, going winless since 2012. The Panthers are playing horribly at the moment, but this is an excellent chance to secure a win and to start building some momentum. It’s a must-win game for the Panthers and I think they’ll take it.

Stats


  • Panthers have won four of their last five meetings
  • Warriors winless in Penrith since 2012
  • Panthers won their last clash 27-12 in the finals last year

Teams


Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Brian To’o 3. Dean Whare 4. Waqa Blake 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Sione Katoa 10. Tim Grant 11. Viliame Kikau 12. James Fisher-Harris 13. Liam Martin 14. Jarome Luai 15. Tyrell Fuimaono 16. Moses Leota 17. Kaide Ellis 18. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 19. Hame Sele 20. Frank Winterstein 21. Caleb Aekins

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitua 3. Peta Hiku 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Nathaniel Roache 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Isaiah Papalii 12. Tohu Harris 13. Lachlan Burr 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Ligi Sao 17. Karl Lawton 18. Gerard Beale 20. Chanel Harris-Tavita 22. Issac Luke 23. Adam Blair

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