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Match Preview: Panthers v Roosters

Penrith's Origin contingent are sure to be buzzing after a magical night in Perth but they face a fierce competitor in James Tedesco and a Roosters side determined to play finals for a sixth straight season.

No fewer than 10 members of the Blues' victorious 17-man squad could be on show at BlueBet Stadium.

The Rundown

Team news

Panthers: Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Brian To'o, Stephen Crichton, Liam Martin, Isaah Yeo and Api Koroisau have all been named to back up from Origin Two. 

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Roosters: Playmaker Luke Keary (concussion) is being rested again so Sam Walker will play halfback with Drew Hutchison slotting in at five-eighth. A huge in for the Roosters with Victor Radley returning from an ankle injury at lock, so Nat Butcher goes to the bench and Daniel Suluka-Fifita to the reserves. James Tedesco, Daniel Tupou and Angus Crichton will look to back up after helping the Blues to a win in Perth while Maroons prop Lindsay Collins suffered a head knock in Origin but passed his HIA.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Taylan May
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Izack Tago
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Billy Smith
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph Suaalii
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam Walker

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 Moses Leota
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Lindsay Collins
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Roosters is number 6 Drew Hutchison
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Mitch Kenny
    Interchange for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Scott Sorensen
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Connor Watson
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Spencer Leniu
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Egan Butcher
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Jaeman Salmon
    Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Daniel Suluka-Fifita

Reserves

  • Replacement for Panthers is number 21 Sunia Turuva
    Replacement for Roosters is number 20 Adam Keighran

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key match-up

Dylan Edwards v James Tedesco: The Panthers' No.1 goes from strength to strength as he closes in on 100 career games. Averaging a staggering 219 metres per game in 2022 as well as chalking up 52 tackle breaks, Edwards can be relied upon to get the Panthers' sets started in style and also provide stability and leadership should Cleary or Yeo sit the game out. Tedesco continues to enhance his reputation as the game's best fullback and his numbers are again outstanding this season with 213 metres per match, 91 tackle breaks and 10 line breaks. Roosters fans will be hoping their inspirational skipper is fit to back up from Origin Two as they look to claim a big scalp in a Friday night blockbuster.

Kikau ready for revenge-seeking Roosters

Stat Attack

The Panthers have the equal best completion rate in the NRL with 82 per cent, along with the Eels. The Roosters are ranked 13th with a completion rate of 75 per cent.

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.