Hostplus Match Preview: Round 9
The Panthers travel north of the border to Suncorp Stadium looking to snap a four game losing streak when they take on Brisbane Broncos on Thursday night.
Former Broncos coach Anthony Griffin has named an unchanged line-up to the one that fell 18-12 to Parramatta last Saturday. Bryce Cartwright will again partner Nathan Cleary in the halves and Corey Harawira-Naera retains his starting spot after a stellar display in a defeated side.
Wayne Bennett has reshuffled the side that controversially defeated South Sydney 25-24, with David Mead dropping to the bench to make way for Jordan Kahu who returns from a groin injury. Korbin Sims and Sam Thaiday are named in the starting side in place of Herman Ese’ese and Alex Glenn respectively, who are relegated to the interchange bench.
The Panthers started slowly against the Eels and found themselves down 18-0 until midway through the second half when Peta Hiku sparked the side back in to life. His expertly finished try breathed life in to a dull display as the Panthers started to resemble the same side that produced free-flowing football in 2016.
A late try to Harawira-Naera capped off a polished personal performance and gave his side a slim chance of levelling the game late on but they ultimately fell short to slip to a fourth successive defeat.