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Equal on 18 competition points and currently two wins from the top eight, Friday night’s showdown across the ditch between the Warriors and Panthers is shaping as a pivotal match for both sides.
The Warriors and Panthers are blessed with two of the most talented rosters in the NRL, but they haven’t been able find consistency this season – hence their lowly positions outside the top eight.
Nevertheless, both sides are capable of some brilliant football when in the zone, and if they are each fit and firing on Friday night – which they should be with finals spots on the line – then this could turn into a cracking contest.
The Warriors have been solid in recent weeks, downing the Bulldogs at home and suffering a tight loss to third-placed Manly in Perth before last week’s bye, while the Panthers managed to register a tough win over the Sea Eagles last week – although they were fortunate to be on the right side of a 14-4 penalty count, which was the most lopsided in two years.
It’s hard to say if these two sides are going to challenge for the eight when it comes to the crunch. Penrith were joint premiership favourites at the start of the season, but their young squad has failed to live up to the hype and have barely beaten any sides in the top eight.
For the Warriors, this is unfortunately a familiar narrative – show glimpse of promise with spectacular footy at stages through the season, but ultimately fold when the going gets tough.
Can either side buck their trends to mount a serious title challenge for the remainder of the season? They must win on Friday to start with. Penrith have a great recent record against the Warriors and don’t mind the trip across the Tasman, but the Kiwi side could be extra buoyed with the club renaming it’s home ground as ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ for the night after it was announced mid-week that the crowd favourite would be leaving for the Super League.
It’s toss of the coin stuff, but I’ll lean with the Warriors to rise to the occasion.
Albert Vete and Nathaniel Roache are out for the Warriors, with Issac Luke and Solomone Kata coming back into the side, while Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad drops out and is replaced by Sam Lisone on the bench.
James Fisher-Harris returns from injury for the Panthers in their only change, with Sitaleki Akauola dropping back to reserves.
Warriors Team: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2 David Fusitu’a 3 Blake Ayshford 4 Solomone Kata 5 Manu Vatuvei* 6 Kieran Foran 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Jacob Lillyman 9 Issac Luke 10 Ben Matulino 11 Bodene Thompson 12 Bunty Afoa 13 Simon Mannering
Interchange: 14 Mafoa’aeata Hingano 15 Sam Lisone 16 James Gavet 17 Ligi Sao 18 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 20 Chris Satae 21 Ken Maumalo 22 Jazz Tevaga 24 Mason Lino
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Tyrone Peachey 4. Waqa Blake 5. Dallin Watene Zelezniak 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Rein 10. Regan Campbell-Gillard 11. Corey Harawira 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin
Interchange: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Leilani Latu 16. Tim Browne 17. James Fisher-Harris 18. Moses Leota 19. Tyrone May 20. Viliame Kikau 21. Sitaleki Akauola