Every game for the Raiders from here on in is important but none more so than this one. A loss would all but end their 2017 season while a win would inch them closer to the top eight while putting a big dent in the Panthers’ hopes.
In saying that, the Panthers are flying. Six consecutive wins including an impressive one over the Cowboys last week saw them jump to sixth on the ladder and have given themselves a legitimate shot at climbing into the top four should results fall their way.
The Raiders, meanwhile, are also on the charge however it could be a case of too little too late for Ricky Stuart’s men. Their offence is flourishing lately, however, scoring at least 30 points in each of their last three games for three wins, giving themselves a fighting chance at finals football.
While the Raiders are unchanged, Peter Wallace is out for the Panthers in a big blow meaning Sione Katoa slots into the number nine jersey.
Penrith’s big men have been extremely impressive over the course of their winning streak with Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Isaah Yeo and Moses Leota leading the charge.
Needless to say, Nathan Cleary and Matt Moyland have been driving the ship.
This game is proving to be a Sunday afternoon cracker and one that extremely hard to decide.
Both sides are flying, and while the Raiders have been installed as favourites at home, are they in good enough form to halt the rampaging Panthers?
We don’t think so.
Panthers by 4.
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