Hostplus Match Preview: Round 18

Redemption will be on the cards for the Panthers when they make their long-awaited return to Pepper Stadium on Saturday to take on Manly Sea Eagles.

After two months on the road the Panthers will finally be able to run out in front of a home crowd as they look to remain in touch with the top eight.

A convincing 42-14 defeat at the hands of the Rabbitohs on Sunday has their Finals hopes hanging in the balance, sitting two wins below the top half of the NRL ladder.

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Anthony Griffin has been forced into shuffling his side after Dean Whare (jaw) was sidelined for a month, with Tyrone Peachey coming off the interchange bench to take his place in the centres. Mitch Rein returns at hooker after recovering from illness, while Sione Katoa drops back to the bench.

James Fisher-Harris has been named on the reserves list as he battles to return to full fitness following a hamstring injury sustained in Round 10 against the Warriors.