Panthers players had an immense weekend, from putting their hand up for Origin selection, to winning a Grand Final. Here's what happened.
Bryce Cartwright, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Leilani Latu, Josh Mansour and Tyrone Peachey individually and collectively earned high praise for their role in City's upset 44-30 win over Country in Tamworth on Sunday. The talk of imminent State of Origin debuts is getting louder.
Isaah Yeo, playing out of position on the wing for Country, did an admirable job of keeping Mansour to only one try as City consistently cut Country's defence to shreds.
Sione Katoa starred as Tonga fell short 18-6 against Samoa at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday. Starting at hooker, an early injury to playmaker Samisoni Langi saw the Panther shift into the halves. Katoa peppered the Samoan in-goal with an array of accurate grubbers and chip-kicks, while also providing reliable service to his outside men.
Earlier in the day the Junior Kangaroos held off the Junior Kiwis 34-20 with a number of young Panthers playing key roles. Nathan Cleary was instrumental for the Roos and bagged himself a classy try, while centre Rob Jennings also showed some of his fancy footwork to get over the line. Tyrone May and Dylan Edwards got the job done for the Aussies while Cowen Epere was a strong performer for the Kiwis.
A couple of hours earlier, the Panthers SG Ball side capped off a tremendous season by beating Illawarra Steelers 25-10 in the Grand Final at Pepper Stadium. The premiership is the club's first in the SG Ball competition since 2006.
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak made his long-awaited debut for the Kiwis on Friday night against the Kangaroos. In a game that never reached any great heights, the Panthers winger had a number of strong carries and was solid in defence.
Zach Dockar-Clay came off the bench to help guide NSW Residents to a 30-16 victory over Queensland Residents at Langlands Park in Brisbane.
Finally, at Belmore Oval, Panthers utility Tupou Sopoaga captained the Cook Islands to a 30-20 win over Lebanon.
The early reports are all Panthers players came through the representative round without serious injury and should be fit to play this coming weekend.