Date: Saturday April 5, 2014
Venue: SportingBet Stadium
Kick-off: 5:30pm (Sydney time)

Teams

Panthers

1 Matt Moylan 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3 Dean Whare 4 Jamal Idris 5 Josh Mansour 6 Jamie Soward 7 Peter Wallace (c) 8 Tim Grant 9 Kevin Kingston (c) 10 Sam Mckendry 11 Sika Manu 12 Elijah Taylor 13 Adam Docker Interchange 14 James Segeyaro 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Nigel Plum 17 Lewis Brown 18 Tyrone Peachey

Raiders

1 Anthony Milford 2 Reece Robinson 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Matt Allwood 5 Bill Tupou 6 Jack Wighton 7 Terry Campese (c) 8 David Shillington 9 Glen Buttriss 10 Brett White 11 Jarrad Kennedy 12 Joel Edwards 13 Shaun Fensom Interchange 14 Josh McCrone 15 Paul Vaughan 16 Dane Tilse 17 Shannon Boyd 18 Jake Foster

Preview

Penrith will be looking to make up for last weekend’s disappointment at Parramatta as they take on a Canberra side, coming off a huge upset win over South Sydney.

Canberra almost could be likened to the Eels in the way they’ll play out this game.  Keen to spread the ball wide and put it in the hands of play maker Anthony Milford; speedster Reece Robinson and reliable Jarrod Croker.  For the Raiders to succeed the way Parramatta dominated last week is on the ground by stopping the Panthers pack in their tracks.  This will be a big task for the Raiders despite boasting ex-International Dave Shillington and Irish International Brett White.

As for Penrith, they will be backing debutante Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to be up to the task and create opportunities out wide.  Matt Moylan has shown in recent week’s he has a license from fullback to inject himself into the Panthers back line.  With Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace to combine for the second time this season in the halves, there should be more stability in their kicking game and more opportunities to provide scoring chances in the attacking zone.  This week Penrith’s forward pack must improve after being bullied last weekend in defeat.  Tim Grant after a week of speculation about his career at the club, makes a return and is primed for a big game.

Prediction

Penrith should be able to win their third home game for the season in a close battle.

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