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The Panthers travel to McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday hoping to kick-start their season as they take on a reinvigorated Newcastle Knights outfit boosted by their first win in over two months.

Anthony Griffin has been forced in to one change with the luckless James Fisher-Harris making way for Corey Harawira-Naera in the starting side as a result of a hamstring injury sustained last weekend. Viliame Kikau comes in to the side on the bench in his place.

Knights coach Nathan Brown is able to recall Junior Kangaroo Sam Stone in place of Lachlan Fitzgibbon after missing the clash against the Raiders, while Mitchell Barnett is named to return off the bench with Tyler Randall dropping to the reserves list.


The Panthers returned to form with an incredible turnaround against the Warriors last Saturday at Pepper Stadium. Trailing by 22 points at the break, the home side ran in five-tries-to-nil with a spectacular second-half display to seal a 36-28 victory.

Isaah Yeo was at his dynamic best, keeping his side in the contest with two tries either side of half-time, before releasing Waqa Blake to streak away and score the side’s fourth. Yeo added 32 tackles, four tackle breaks, two line breaks and two offloads to add to his try-scoring exploits in a dominant performance that laid the platform for the Panthers’ astonishing comeback.

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.