Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels, live blog, video, stats, SuperCoach scores, qualifying final, Nathan Cleary, Clint Gutherson, full strength
The Finals are set to start with a banger as the Panthers burn out with their first full-strength team all season against the top-flight Eels.
The reigning premiers welcome their arch-rivals with a preliminary final on the line, but Parramatta has plenty of reason to be confident.
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The Eels handed Penrith their first defeat of the season in Round 9 with a gutsy 22-20 win, then beat them 34-10 in Round 20.
Nathan Cleary was sent off in Game 2 for an ugly lifting tackle on Dylan Brown and returns from his five-week suspension tonight.
Cleary’s partner Jarome Luai, who was rested last week, returns alongside Api Koroisau (ankle) and Spencer Leniu is back after a shoulder injury.
“I’m telling you something that will scare you, Penrith, for the first time this year, is missing their full squad,” said Paul Kent on NRL 360.
Parramatta striker Nathan Brown (hand) returned via reserve grade and was retained when the squad was reduced on Thursday night, but is unlikely to make it into the 17.
“Parramatta has to play the best game he’s ever played to win,” said Braith Anasta.
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The Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 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. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Charlie Staines 19. Matt Eisenhuth
The Eel Team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali ‘I 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Jakob Arthur 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore 18. Nathan Brown 19. Bailey Simonsson
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