NRL match preview: Penrith Panthers vs Brisbane Broncos

Date: Monday July 14
Venue: SportingBet Stadium
Kick-off: 7pm


Panthers: Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Dean Whare, Jamal Idris, Kevin Naiqama, Tyrone Peachey, Jamie Soward, Sam McKendry, James Segeyaro, Brent Kite, Sika Manu, Elijah Taylor, Adam Docker. Interchange: Lewis Brown, Jeremy Latimore, Nigel Plum, Bryce Cartwright, Isaah Yeo

Broncos: Ben Barba, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges, Dale Copley, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker, Alex Glenn, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday. Interchange: Ben Hannant, David Hala, Corey Oates, Todd Lowrie, Jake Granville, Jarrod Wallace, David Stagg


Penrith have named Tyrone Peachey at five-eighth for their clash against Brisbane on Monday night.  He takes the place of Peter Wallace who will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee and ankle problem.  Without Wallace for seventy of the eighty minutes last week it made little difference as the Panthers reclaimed top spot on the table in beating Wests Tigers at Leichhardt.  It may look from the outside kicking options are limited with Soward the main kicker during general play.  Brisbane may underestimate the potential of Matt Moylan and James Segeyaro to kick downfield.  Segeyaro’s three try performance against Brisbane in last year’s corresponding game will make the visitors wary of the cheeky hooker.

Brisbane were humiliated against the Cronulla Sharks before having last weekend off for the bye.  With the Origin players given five days to rest before this game the Broncos should be fresh.  Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker and Matt Gillett are named in this week’s squad to travel south.  Parker will be the key to the Broncos chances after a Man of the Match performance in Queensland’s victory over New South Wales.  Ben Hunt has improved as the season has gone on and will come under pressure from the Panthers defense.

Penrith’s home record of six wins and one defeat makes it a tough road trip for Brisbane.  Having said this, Brisbane have won five from eight on the road.  Not much difference in attack and defense for these two teams in a game that will go down to the wire.


Panthers by 8

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