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.
Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan EdwardsFullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh MansourWinger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
Centre for Panthers is number 3 Brent NadenCentre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen CrichtonCentre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'oWinger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome LuaiFive-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan ClearyHalfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
Prop for Panthers is number 8 James TamouProp for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai KoroisauHooker for Roosters is number 9 Freddy Lussick
Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-HarrisProp for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin2nd Row for Roosters is number 16 Angus Crichton
Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah YeoLock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone MayInterchange for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Kurt CapewellInterchange for Roosters is number 15 Lindsay Collins
Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses LeotaInterchange for Roosters is number 18 Nat Butcher
Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Zane TetevanoInterchange for Roosters is number 19 Mitchell Aubusson
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Todd Smith
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
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.
MEMORABLE PANTHERS CLASH
Panthers v Roosters | Round 3, 2017