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Match Preview: Panthers v Roosters

Penrith could not have been any more impressive in dismantling the Storm and they now sit alone at the top of the table as they close in on the testing State of Origin period when a number of their stars will be called up.

Much has been made of Penrith's remarkable home record in recent years but it's worth noting they are unbeaten in away games in 2022 so a trip to the iconic SCG will hold no fears for Ivan Cleary's men.

The Roosters have been something of an enigma in 2022, beating the Cowboys, Eels, Sea Eagles and Broncos but losing to the Bulldogs, Dragons and Knights.

They look to be settling into a groove though with two wins on the bounce and the form of Joseph Suaalii and Sam Walker in Magic Round will give them plenty of confidence as they prepare to tackle the premiers.

Panthers v Roosters: Round 11

The Rundown

Team news

Panthers: The premiers roll out the same 17-man squad that took care of Melbourne in devastating fashion in Magic Round. They'll also be hoping to have coach Ivan Cleary back on deck after he missed the trip to Brisbane due to knee surgery.

Roosters: Victor Radley (ankle) is replaced at lock by Nat Butcher while Lindsay Collins has been named on interchange in his return from a high tackle suspension. Connor Watson is named to start at hooker buy may swap on game day with Drew Hutchison as they did last week.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Taylan May
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Izack Tago
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph Suaalii
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Sam Walker
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Luke Keary
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 Moses Leota
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 14 Drew Hutchison
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 13 Nat Butcher
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
  • Lock for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 9 Connor Watson
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Mitch Kenny
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Fletcher Baker
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Scott Sorensen
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Egan Butcher
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Spencer Leniu
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 24 Terrell May
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Jaeman Salmon

Reserves

  • Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Lachlan Lam
    Replacement for Panthers is number 24 Charlie Staines

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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Key match-up

Luke Keary v Nathan Cleary: Keary has roared to life in recent weeks with six try assists in his past three matches as the Roosters have piled on 87 points. All the signs are there that the three-time premiership winner's confidence is back and his kicking game and defence have followed suit as his attack has clicked. Cleary has already racked up 10 forced dropouts, eight try assists and 15 tackle breaks since returning to the field in round four and he has the Panthers sitting pretty on top of the table as they prepare to enter the Origin period.

Stat Attack

Dylan Edwards has had 31 tackle breaks this season and is averaging a phenomenal 230 running metres per game. James Tedesco has busted 64 tackles and is churning out 216 metres. The two elite fullbacks sit first and second in the NRL for running metres with Edwards clocking up 2306 metres and Tedesco 2166.

Another tough test against the in-form Roosters

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.