Panthers Stadium will play host to Saturday's Round 1 NRL game between Penrith Panthers and Nth Queensland Cowboys. The game kicks off at 7:35 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. Nth Queensland Cowboys game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Saturday March 13, 2021 at 7:35 pm
Where: Panthers Stadium
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Penrith Panthers vs Nth Queensland Cowboys Odds
Penrith Panthers vs Nth Queensland Cowboys Preview
The defending minor premiers will take the field on Saturday night missing a few familiar faces.
The departure of Josh Mansour and James Tamou leaves the Panthers significantly weaker in their bid to return to the Grand Final, but they should feel pretty good about facing a rebuilding Cowboys team playing under new head coach Todd Payten for the first time.
North Queensland has spent most of the offseason working on speed and creativity after last year’s stagnant attack saw the Cowboys finish 14th on the ladder.
Much line Penrith, Payten’s side has also come off worse for wear losing names like Gavin Cooper and John Asiata during the offseason, but there is some positive news on the Josh McGuire front with the star forward set to return from a hamstring injury.
As far as betting goes, it wouldn’t be surprised if the line got out to double-digits before kick off.
The Panthers won both of their encounters against the Cowboys by more than 12 points last year, while their outstanding 9-0 record at Panthers Stadium speaks for itself.
Cowboy fans will no doubt hold some optimism to start the season, but with a new system in place, this is a very tough way to start the year.
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Penrith Panthers vs Nth Queensland Cowboys Tip
Penrith Panthers vs Nth Queensland Cowboys Teams
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 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. J’maine Hopgood 19. Matt Burton 20. Robert Jennings 21. Mitch Kenny
Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Esan Marsters 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Josh Mcguire 16. Corey Jensen 17. Lachlan Burr 18. Shane Wright 19. Reuben Cotter 20. Murray Taulagi 21. Ben Hampton