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:	Digital Image by Colin Whelan copyright © nriphotos.   Shattered Panthers after the late Broncos try          NRL Rugby League, Round 9 Brisbane Broncos v Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium, Friday May8th  2015.

With the NRL draw set to be released this week, we single out three opponents the Panthers can't wait to topple in 2016.

Parramatta Eels
The Panthers went winless against the Eels last season - falling to pieces at Pepper Stadium in Round 12 and wilting in the Darwin heat in Round 22. The home defeat was a particularly painful one with Matt Moylan suffering his season-ending ankle injury, while Jamie Soward was felled in a late hit from Parramatta's Pauli Pauli. Even the occasion of Soward's 200th game couldn't inspire the Panthers to victory in the Northern Territory clash, with runaway tries to Semi Radradra and Reece Robinson breaking Penrith hearts in the most dour of rugby league contests.

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.