Hostplus NRL Preview: Round 4
The Panthers will be hoping to bounce back from their controversial last-start loss to the Roosters when they welcome Newcastle Knights to Pepper Stadium on Friday evening.
Anthony Griffin is able to recall Bryce Cartwright to the starting side after he sat out the clash against the Roosters with an ankle injury. He replaces James Fisher-Harris, who will miss at least the next month with a fractured cheekbone.
Not without their own injury troubles, Knights coach Nathan Brown has named an unchanged line-up from the side that was downed 24-18 by the Rabbitohs last Saturday.
The Panthers come in to the game looking for redemption following their 14-12 defeat at the hands of the Roosters. In the aftermath, NRL referees boss Tony Archer admitted the touch judge missed a forward pass leading to the match-winning try.
Despite the loss, the Panthers were gallant in front of a raucous home crowd.
Led by the mercurial Tyrone Peachey and industrious Trent Merrin, the Panthers were disciplined and direct as they completed at 77 percent and matched the Roosters for running metres despite having twenty less carries of the ball.