In the aftermath of State-of-Origin, the Raiders will be hoping to take advantage of the representative fatigue and take a victory over the competition leading Panthers this Friday night. Canberra will be fresh after their bye round last week, while the Panthers’ non-representative players also had a week off.
The Raiders will be fielding the same squad that earned an impressive last-start win over Manly – including QLD bench forward Josh Papalii – while Penrith have named NSW stars Nathan Cleary, James Maloney, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Tyrone Peachey to back up from Wednesday’s Origin clash. Kaide Ellis will also replace Jack Hetherington on the bench in an otherwise unchanged line up for the Panthers.
The BetSet team will not be surprised if any of the five Origin players named to take the field end up sitting on the side-lines. If Penrith have their full representative squad backing up, particularly both their halves.The Canberra Raiders are in for a tough game but the mental and physical toll for the Panthers’ representative rookies may swing the contest.