Panthers Aiming For Top Four

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James Segeyaro returns for the Panthers in the final game of the regular season. Picture: Gregg Porteous/

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Panthers v Warriors


Sunday September 7 – 6:35 PM (AEST)




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Penrith play hosts New Zealand on Sunday in a match that could change the NRL Finals dramatically.

The Panthers haven't been outside the Top 4 since Round 9 this year, yet they are still to win the Grand Final. The inflated price reflects the amount of injuries they have suffered over the season. The Panthers have been at the top all year because of their support play and their defence, leading the league in offloads and effective tackles. A huge boost for the home side is the return of hooker James Segeyaro, who replaces Kierran Moseley in the starting side. 

Sunday's match is the last roll of the dice for the Warriors. They have been the dark horse all year, and the Grand Final betting market suggests they are a better chance of going all the way than this weekend's opponents. The biggest problem for the Warriors is that apart from upset wins over the Storm and the Cowboys, they have lost every game against the NRL Top 4 teams this year, which could be a telling fact if they don't make the finals. 

The last time these two met earlier this year, the Warriors came out the victors in New Zealand. That hasn't put punters off, however, with most of the money coming in for the home side. 

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