Campese And Papali Cleared To Face Panthers

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Terry Campese is starting to find his best form. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 1, 2013 – Penrith Panthers 32 d Canberra Raiders 10 at Penrith
Round 23, 2012 – Canberra Raiders 20 d Penrith Panthers 10 at Penrith
Round 25, 2011 – Penrith Panthers 19 d Canberra Raiders 18 at Canberra Stadium
Round 5, 2011 – Penrith Panthers 36 d Canberra Raiders 10 at Penrith
3rd Qualifying Final, 2010 – Canberra Raiders 24 d Penrith Panthers 22 at Penrith

Current Form

  Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12    Rd 13 
Raiders

W

L

L

-

W

Panthers

W

W

W

-

L


Both Terry Campese and Josh Papali have been cleared to line up for the Raiders  round 14 match against the Panthers  on Saturday, after escaping suspension by the match review committee for separate incidents stemming from the sides 30-18 win over Brisbane on Monday night. Despite being named to play, Edrick Lee won’t take the field after scans revealed that he broke his arm against the Broncos and will be sidelined for eight to twelve weeks.

Ryan Simpkins has been added to the Penrith squad that lost 20-18 to the Tigers last weekend, but coach Ivan Cleary has made several positional changes for this match. Josh Mansour will start at centre having come off the bench last weekend, with Lewis Brown moving back to the second row and Matt Robinson dropping onto a five man interchange bench.

1st Tryscorer

Raiders fullback Reece Robinson  comes up against twin brother Travis on Saturday and he will be determined to out-do his sibling. Although Reece has scored just four tries from 11 appearances this season he has been in great form and will keep the Penrith defensive line on its toes.

Travis Robinson  didn’t get a chance in the top grade till round seven but has made a big impression since coming into the side. He has five tries from just six matches in 2013 and has twice been the first tryscorer in the match.

Prediction

Penrith has won six of the past nine meetings between these clubs but have a poor record away from home, winning just once away from home this season. The Raiders have been unbeatable in the nation’s capital this year, winning all five of their games at Canberra Stadium in 2013. They should be too good for the Panthers, who are still missing a host of first teamers. Canberra Raiders by 12

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