Panthers NYC fight to get back in the 8

Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith
Monday 14th July
Kickoff: 4.45pm

TEAMS –

PANTHERS: 1. Corey HARAWIRA-NAERA, 2. Josh JAY, 3. Brent NADEN, 4. Peter TIA TIA, 5. Eddie AIONO, 6. Jarrod BRACKENHOFER, 7. Sam SCARLETT, 8. Jordan HALL, 9. Sione KATOA, 10. Atonio PELESASA, 11. Chris SMITH, 12. Dave COWHAN, 13. Brendan ATTWOOD

INTERCHANGE: 14. James FISHER-HARRIS, 15. Paea PUA, 16. Moses LEOTA, 17. Josh TANGITAU

COACH: Trent Barrett

BRONCOS: 1. Kodi NIKORIMA, 2. Paul BYRNES, 3. Tom OPACIC, 4. Jack TURTLE, 5. Elijah ALICK, 6. Duncan PAIA’AUA, 7. Ashley TAYLOR, 8. Aaron ROCKLEY, 9. Brandon LEE, 10. Joe OFAHENGAUE, 11. Ajuma ADAMS, 12. Brett GREINKE, 13. Jai ARROW

INTERCHANGE: 14. Jayden NIKORIMA, 15. Lindsay COLLINS, 16. Alex BARR, 17. Brendon MCBRYDE

COACH: Craig HODGES

Penrith’s youngsters have their work cut out for them this week when they take on the second placed Broncos at Sportingbet Stadium on Monday night.

We are coming off the back of two straight wins while the young Brisbane side have had two BYES and posted two wins in the last four weeks, and they currently sit second on the Holden Cup ladder behind the Knights.

The Panthers went down to the Wests Tigers last week in a disappointing game where nothing seemed to go our way. We did well to finish the match losing 30-18 after a 24-0 deficit at half time, but we have now slipped out of the top 8 and currently sit in 9th.

Trent Barrett will run with the same side again this week, keeping youngsters James Fisher-Harris and Paea Pua on his bench. The Broncos have also named an unchanged line up after their 32-10 win over the Sharks in their last match.

The Panthers may look a little downtrodden at the moment, but they have overcome some big hurdles this year and may just pull another rabbit out of the hat on Monday. Whatever the case, we’re in for an exciting curtain-raiser to the main game!