Panthers Set To Pounce On Knights

Picture: Brett Costello/dailytelegraph.com.au
Luke Walsh has been exceptional for Penrith this season. Picture: Brett Costello/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 6, 2013 – Newcastle Knights 8 d Penrith Panthers 6 at Hunter Stadium
Round 8, 2012 – Newcastle Knights 34 d Penrith Panthers 14 at Hunter Stadium
Round 15, 2011 - Newcastle Knights 16 d Penrith Panthers 12 at Hunter Stadium
Round 1, 2011 - Newcastle Knights 42 d Penrith Panthers 8 at Penrith Stadium
Round 13, 2010 – Penrith Panthers 28 d Newcastle Knights 10 at Penrith Stadium

Current Form

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Panthers

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W

W

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Knights

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W

W

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Nigel Plum and Matt Robinson have been ruled out of the Panthers  match against the Knights  on Sunday afternoon after being added to the clubs lengthy injury list with shoulder and neck injuries respectively. There is so good news from the medical ward however, with Jeremy Latimore back on the bench after battling an ankle injury since the opening week of the season, while Lewis Brown is back in the starting side after making his comeback from the bench in his side’s 17-10 win over Parramatta last weekend.

Beau Scott has been named to play just his sixth game for the Knights after battling injury for most of the year with Chris Houston dropping back to the bench to make way for his inclusion. Blues winger James McManus got through Wednesday’s Origin decider unscathed and will take his place on the right flank.

1st Tryscorer

20 year-old winger James Roberts  re-signed with Penrith till the end of 2015 during the week and it is no surprise that the Panthers wanted to extend his stay at the club given the form he has been in since getting a chance in the top grade. He has four tries from his past three matches and bagged a hat-trick against the Titans a fortnight ago.

Akuila Uate  scored eight four pointers in the opening seven rounds of the season but has endured a long tryscoring drought since. He has now gone six matches without getting across the line but has still been causing plenty of problems with his hard running and it won’t be long till he is back on the scoresheet.

Prediction

Despite having to contend with a horror runs of injuries this season, the Panthers find themselves inside the top eight and with a strong chance of playing finals football in 2013. They have won three in a row and will fancy their chances of extending their winning run but have lost their past four matches against the Knights. Despite going into their match against the Bulldogs in Mackay with just one win from seven matches away from Hunter Stadium this season, Newcastle showed that they can be equally as tough on the road with an 18-12 victory. The trip to Penrith holds no fears for them – having won eight of their past 10 trips there – but the home side should edge a close one. Penrith Panthers by 2

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