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Match Preview | Panthers v Roosters

The Sydney Roosters are set for their most exciting challenge of the season yet when they take to the turf of Panthers Stadium for a Qualifying Finals clash with the Penrith Panthers.

Friday night will mark the first time these two sides have faced each other since Round 1 of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership season. 

The Roosters will be aiming for a strong performance in enemy territory, having won 5 of their last 6 games of the season and finishing fourth on the NRL ladder. 

The Panthers on the other hand finished in the first seed, winning all but two games of the 2020 season (one loss, one draw). 

On the line this Friday night is a spot in the 2020 Preliminary Finals, which will be held two weeks from now to decide this year's Grand Finalists. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Brent Naden
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Freddy Lussick
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 16 Angus Crichton
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone May
    Interchange for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Kurt Capewell
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Lindsay Collins
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
    Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Mitchell Aubusson

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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TEAM NEWS

Panthers: Fullback Dylan Edwards, centre Stephen Crichton and second-rower Viliame Kikau are back after being rested. Utility Tyrone May and back-rower Kurt Capewell have reverted to the bench.

Roosters: Captain Jake Friend is out, but winger Brett Morris, centre Joey Manu, lock Isaac Liu and bench forward Lindsay Collins are all set to return.

Freddy Lussick has replaced Friend at hooker, while Angus Crichton has dropped to the bench with Mitch Aubusson, Nat Butcher, Poasa Faamausili and Matt Ikuvalu all shuffled to the reserves.

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