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 Eseā€™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.