2023 NRL Preview Round 1: Panthers Vs Broncos

The Broncos travel to Penrith to take on the Panthers in this big Friday night clash.

MATCHDAY NEWS

MATCHDAY SCHEDULE

Penrith Panthers Vs Brisbane Broncos
Venue: BlueBet Stadium
Date: Friday, March 3, 8:05pm

MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS

Panthers: 1 Dylan Edwards 2 Sunia Turuva 3 Izack Tago 4 Stephen Crichton 5 Brian To’o 6 Jarome Luai 7 Nathan Cleary 8 Moses Leota 9 Mitch Kenny 10 James Fisher-Harris 11 Luke Garner 12 Liam Martin 13 Isaah Yeo 14 Soni Luke 15 Scott Sorensen 16 Spencer Leniu 17 Jaeman Salmon 18 Zac Hosking 19 Matthew Eisenhuth 20 Tyrone Peachey 21 Jack Cogger 22 Lindsay Smith

Broncos: 1 Selwyn Cobbo 2 Coorey Oates 3 Kotoni Staggs 4 Herbie Farnworth 5 Jesse Arthars 6 Ezra Mam 7 Adam Reynolds 8 Corey Jensen 9 Billy Walters 10 Payne Haas 11 Kurt Capewell 12 Jordan Riki 13 Patrick Carrigan 14 Corey Paix 15 Keenan Palasia 16 Thomas Flegler 17 Martin Taupau 18 Deine Mariner 19 Brendan Piakura 20 Xavier Willison 21 Jock Madden 22 Delouis Hoeter

Referee: Gerard Sutton

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MATCHDAY PREVIEW

The Panthers begin their quest for three premierships in a row while the Broncos are looking to bounce back after their late season fade in 2022.

With Viliame Kikau and Api Koroisau departing the club at the end of last season, the defending premiers will need either their new recruits or replacements from within to step up. Luke Garner gets the nod in the second row after coming across from the Tigers, while Mitch Kenny will provide the stability at dummy half with Soni Luke hoping to provide a big impact off the bench. With Taylan May out for the season, Sunia Turuva takes his place on the wing with big shoes to fill.

There’s been some offseason drama for the Broncos to contend with but this is still a side, on paper, that should be playing finals footy. Another offseason for Adam Reynolds at the club will only further his impact, while the likes of Payne Haas and Patrick Carrigan lead a strong forward group, that will go up against another dominant pack in an exciting match up.

It’s a tough first test for Brisbane, who have not won at BlueBet Stadium since 2009 while the Panthers have won 25 of their last 27 NRL games at their home ground.

LAST TEN MATCHES

Panthers 6, Broncos 4.

MATCHDAY PREDICTION

Panthers by 12 points.

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