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The Panthers face their biggest test of the season when they tackle the Broncos in Brisbane as Anthony Griffin goes head-to-head against his former side on Friday night in a blockbuster Semi Final.

They booked their spot in the second week of the finals after overcoming Manly Sea Eagles in a bruising encounter last Saturday and will face a fired up Broncos outfit that let a late lead slip against the Roosters to miss out on a week's break.

The Panthers were boosted by the return of Dylan Edwards who recovered from a medial ligament tear a fortnight earlier than expected. He again takes his place at fullback in what is an unchanged line up to the one that triumphed 22-10 over Manly.

Dean Whare also retains his place in the centres after shifting from fullback and putting in a flawless display against his former side, while Bryce Cartwright will be hoping to once again prove the difference after a match-winning performance a week prior.

Wayne Bennett has also stuck with the same side as a week ago after seeing his team concede a late try to the Roosters and forfeit the opportunity for a week’s rest. However, Bennett looks set to bring in captain Darius Boyd from the reserves list, which could see incumbent fullback Kodi Nikorima drop back to the bench and David Mead miss out.

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.