SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - MAY 13: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Panthers makes a break during the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Pepper Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

New Zealand Warriors v Penrith Panthers

Friday night, Mt Smart Stadium

This is a massive match for both sides.

The Warriors (10th) and the Panthers (9th) are both currently four points out of the eight, with the winner of this fixture staying in touch with a finals position, while the loser will be forced to make up more ground.

New Zealand’s loss to Manly last time out ended a mini two-match winning streak for the Warriors, while the Panthers will enter this match on the back of a 16-8 win over the Sea Eagles last weekend.

The Warriors will lose Albert Vete (arm) and Nathaniel Roache (hamstring) for Friday’s game, although they have regained Issac Luke at hooker and Solomone Kata in the backline.

Penrith has added James Fisher-Harris to the bench and dropped Sitaleki Akauola to the reserves in their only change.

New Zealand will be out for revenge on the Panthers after the reverse fixture earlier in this season, which saw Penrith score the last 30 points in the match to overrun the Warriors 36-28.

It will be another close game this time around, although it’s hard to go past home ground advantage.

Warriors by 8.



  1. “On paper, Manly should run up a cricket score. They’re capable of blowing any side away on their day but are just as capable of turning in an absolute stinker.”
    – The worst part of being a Manly fan!

  2. Somewhat ironic that the old “Hoodoo Match” now rears it’s ugly head again for a Dragons team that has been in free fall for the past two months. Selections for the Dragons have been off the mark of late considering the importance of getting back on track. The bye has not been good for the Dragons in 2017.

  3. End of the season for dragons this round. Raiders by 20-40 as we play them back into form and limp to around 12th spot at best. Black to 2016 form, disgusted to see how they could play so well for 10 rounds and then turn to rubbish again.

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