NRL 2022 LIVE updates: Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels
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Panthers try 4-0
Dylan Edwards has barged over in the right corner after accepting a clever pass from hooker Api Koroisau at dummy half. Kick. To. Come.
The Eels have coughed up their captain’s challenge after Hayze Perham lost the ball and they claimed Penrith stripped it. Could prove costly.
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We are underway at Penrith with the home side hitting it up for five and then booting it downfield in a solid first set.
The only result in Canberra that matters
The only result in Canberra that matters this month has been decided – the Raiders have won a game. They have beaten the Bulldogs 14-4. Ricky Stuart retains his leadership position by a comfortable margin, not quite a landslide.
Kick-off is being held back a few minutes while the Raiders v Bulldogs game in Canberra crawls to the full-time siren. The hosts are up 14-4 with two minutes to go after a bunch of stoppages, unfortunately including veteran centre Jarrod Croker suffering an injury in the closing stages.
It’s a vibe
It’s a sellout at Penrith. Five-eighth Jarome Luai after the warm-up told Nine “it’s got that finals footy vibe” as the two arch rivals go head to head.
The Panthers knocked Parramatta out of the finals last year 8-6 in a controversial semi-final on the way to their first premiership since 2003.
How good are Penrith?
Penrith will forever sit alongside the greatest rugby league team in history, drawing level with the 1956-59 St George Dragons for the most wins throughout a 60-game stretch.
The Herald can reveal Penrith’s win over the Gold Coast Titans last week saw them rack up 53 wins in their past 60 games – a feat only ever accomplished by the likes of Reg Gasnier and Norm Provan during the Dragons’ 11-year reign as champions.
Like the Dragons throughout their five-year period of dominance in relatively shorter seasons between 1956 and 1960, the Panthers have also lost six games and drawn one match in that period.
Their only losses came against Parramatta (16-10), Storm (26-20 in the 2020 grand final), Wests Tigers (26-6 during 2021 State of Origin series), Sharks (19-18 during 2021 Origin period), Storm (27-10) and Rabbitohs (16-10 in 2021 qualifying final).
Welcome to the West
Greetings and welcome to our live coverage of the Panthers v Parramatta clash from BlueBet Stadium.
Teams have been confirmed with Moses Leota and Brian To’o making their injury returns for the Panthers but bench forward Scott Sorensen is out with an illness, not that one. To’o replaces Charlie Staines on the wing, Leota starts with Matt Eisenhuth on the bench while Mitch Kenny has been added from the reserves to the interchange.
Parra are as per program as they look to bounce back from last week’s 35-4 flogging at the hands of North Queensland in Darwin.
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