Panthers On The Prowl

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Last 5 Meetings

Round 2, 2013 - Wests Tigers 28 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Campbelltown Stadium
Round 19, 2012 – Wests Tigers 26 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Campbelltown Stadium
Round 7, 2012 - Wests Tigers 30 d Penrith Panthers 0 at Penrith
Round 23, 2011 - Wests Tigers 32 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Penrith
Round 11, 2011 - Wests Tigers 20 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Campbelltown Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12 
Panthers

L

W

W

W

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Tigers

L

L

L

W

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Penrith  will look to secure a fourth straight win for the first time since 2010 when they host the Tigers  on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers have been one of the form teams in the competition over the past month, with wins over the Storm, Warriors and Dragons seeing them in the top eight despite going five games without a win earlier in the campaign. Unsurprisingly, coach Ivan Cleary has named an unchanged lineup to that which held St George Illawarra scoreless in a 19-0 victory two weeks ago.

The Tigers will be without inspirational skipper Robbie Farah this weekend after he sustained a broken nose and fractured cheekbone in Wednesday night’s State of Origin series opener. Wests snapped a seven game losing run with its last gasp 22-20 victory over the Cowboys a fortnight ago but Liam Fulton, James Tedesco and Bodene Thompson join their captain on the injured list from the team that took the field for that match.

1st Tryscorer

Young fullback Matthew Moylan  has impressed everyone since making his debut for Penrith in round seven, adding a new dimension to the Panthers attack. He was on the scoresheet against the Dragons last time out and will look to add to the two tries he has scored from his opening five matches.

Teenager winger David Nofoaluma  may have been drafted into a struggling team but he certainly hasn’t looked out of his depth in the NRL since debuting for the Tigers in round 10. He has run for 139m and 120m in his first two matches and got his first try with the match winner against the Cowboys a fortnight ago.

Prediction

It is hard to fault the form of the Panthers over the past month, with the club unearthing some young stars with injuries to several of their more experience campaigners. Wests on the other hand have been struggling and things are unlikely to get better with even more of their first grade squad unavailable. They have won six in a row against Penrith but are unlikely to add to that record. Penrith Panthers by 18

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