Round 22 comes to a close on Monday night with an interesting showdown between the Raiders and the Panthers at Canberra Stadium.
Ten ranks apart on the ladder, Canberra in 12th and the Panthers lucky to still be in the second spot, this clash will be a lot closer than it looks on paper.
Penrith scored a win over the Cowboys last week, but before this they lost three in a row to the Warriors, Eels and the Storm so they are still looking a bit shaky.
The Raiders lost to the Storm in a big 36 – 12 defeat, which was their first loss in a month, so it is the exact opposite recent record for these two.
Are the Panthers ready to start winning again and can they do it in the cold and chilly Canberra are the two big questions here.
Definitely a tricky one to pick again here, both teams paying equally at Ladbrokes.com.au priced at $1.91.
These two played off in the opening round of the season, Penrith coming away with the win, and despite being away from home we think they can win again.
But the Raiders will put up one hell of a fight as they are still a long-shot chance of making the finals and will want to have a big game for captain Alan Tongue who has been named on the bench for the first time this year after being sidelined for over three months due to a groin injury.
There’s a lot to look forward to in this one, including the clash between two of the best young fullbacks in the competition with the Green Machine’s Josh Dugan coming back after a shoulder injury to face off against the Big Cat’s Lachlan Coote.
A toss of the coin, both with claims, but we are tipping Penrith to show Canberra they deserve to be at the top.
Footy Tip of the Match – Michael Gordon to be the Panthers’ first tryscorer at Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
Michael Gordon saved the Panthers last week and is in great form. We think he will rise again this week and be the first to score for the visitors and are betting on him to do so at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Raiders $1.91 – Panthers $1.91 Ladbrokes.com.au
Round 22 Raiders Team:
1. Josh Dugan 2. Joel Monaghan 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Adam Mogg 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Terry Campese 7. Josh McCrone 8. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 9. Travis Waddell 10. David Shillington 11. Joe Picker 12. Bronson Harrison 13. Josh Miller
Bench: 14. Alan Tongue (c) 15. Trevor Thurling 16. Dane Tilse 17. Scott Logan
Reserves: 18. Danny Galea 19. Glen Buttriss 20. Shaun Fensom
Round 22 Panthers Team:
1. Lachlan Coote 2. Michael Gordon 3. Michael Jennings 4. Adrian Purtell 5. Brad Tighe 6. Travis Burns 7. Luke Walsh 8. Matthew Bell 9. Kevin Kingston 10. Petero Civoniceva 11. Trent Waterhouse 12. Frank Pritchard 13. Luke Lewis
Bench: 14. Masada Iosefa 15. Nathan Smith 16. Gavin Cooper 17. Sam McKendry
Reserves: 18. Frank Puletua 19. Sandor Earl