Penrith Stadium will play host to Friday's Round 5 NRL game between Penrith Panthers and Canberra Raiders. The game kicks off at 7:55 pm with Penrith Panthers heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Penrith Panthers vs. Canberra Raiders game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Friday April 9, 2021 at 7:55 pm
Where: Penrith Stadium
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First plays fifth on Friday night as the Panthers look to keep their unbeaten record intact against the visiting Raiders.
Ivan Cleary’s side spent the first month of the season in third gear with blowout wins over the Cowboys, Bulldogs and Sea Eagles, but like their Round 3 clash against the Storm a fortnight ago, this one shapes up to be a much tougher test.
Despite being hampered by injury, the Raiders still managed to dig deep last week in their 20-4 win over the Titans at Jubilee.
A tight defensive performance saw Canberra overcome its lack of possession in the second half to keep the Titans off the scoreboard, a performance the Green Machine will need to replicate this week against the best side in the league.
The last time these two sides met the Panthers won comfortably at home on the back of four first half tries, and there’s no doubt another slow start will cost the Raiders dearly this time around.
An encouraging defensive showing against the Titans is one thing, but after struggling to string together two consistent halves for most of the season, it’s tough to see the Raiders causing an upset.
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Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders Teams
Panthers team: 1. Stephen Crichton 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Robert Jennings 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Jaeman Salmon
Raiders team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Ryan Sutton 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Tom Starling 15. Siliva Havili 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Ryan James 18. Sam Williams 19. Semi Valemi 20. Dunamis Lui 21. Corey Harawira-Naera