Penrith Panthers look to make it seven wins from seven to start the season when they play host to the Newcastle Knights to launch NRL Round 7 action on Thursday night.
Panthers vs Knights Tips, Preview & Predictions
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Panthers vs Knights Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Thursday April 21
⏰ Time: 7.50pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: BlueBet Stadium
Panthers vs Knights Head to Head (last five matches)
- 31/5/20: Panthers 14-14 Knights
- 8/9/19: Panthers 54-10 Knights
- 23/3/19: Knights 14-16 Panthers
- 18/8/18: Panthers 12-20 Knights
- 11/5/18: Knights 18-20 Panthers
Panthers vs Knights Preview and Prediction
It’s been a flawless start to the season for the Panthers and last year’s grand finalists will be aiming to go 7-0 when they entertain the Knights on Thursday night.
Penrith are on a 12-match winning streak at home and have been superb on their own turf this season, conceding just 6.33 points on average. They’ve won six of their last eight at BlueBet Stadium by 13+ margins, including a 20-point victory over Canberra a fortnight ago.
The Panthers found the going tougher than expected up at Suncorp against the Broncos last week, but Nathan Cleary saved the day in the final 10 minutes, bagging himself an eight-point haul that included a two-point field goal, try and conversion to guide his side to a 20-12 win.
Penrith still haven’t conceded more than 12 points in a game across the first six rounds and they will be targeting another strong defensive performance to get the better of the Knights.
Newcastle snapped a three-match losing streak in thrilling circumstances last week, prevailing 26-22 over the Sharks.
Kalyn Ponga was the hero for the Knights. The electric fullback scored two tries, set up two more, made a pair of line breaks, eight tackle busts and ran for 172 metres – and he did it all while battling a gastro illness.
Ponga has now scored at least one try in both his games this season since returning from injury and if the Knights are to stand any chance of the upset here, they will need him to be firing on all cylinders again.
However, I can’t see Newcastle coming close here. They have a poor recent away record, winning just two of their last seven as an outsider, while their overall style is far too erratic and consistent to trouble the Panthers.
Penrith are almost unbeatable at home and they should cruise to another comfortable victory on Thursday night.
Panthers vs Knights Teams
The Panthers have named the same squad that took care of the Broncos last week.
Hymel Hunt is out for the Knights after suffering a hamstring injury last week and is replaced by Starford To’a on the wing.
Panthers: 1. Stephen Crichton 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 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. Scott Sorensen 19. Robert Jennings 20. Apisai Koroisau 21. Dylan Edwards
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Brayden Musgrove 6. Kurt Mann 7. Blake Green 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Gehamat Shibasaki 21. Phoenix Crossland
Panthers vs Knights Stats
- Panthers have won 23 of their last 24 matches
- Panthers have won their last 21 regular season games
- Panthers have won six of their last eight home matches by 13+ margins
- Ten of Penrith’s last 14 matches have gone under the total points line
- Kurt Capewell has scored a try in four of his six matches in 2021 and has scored in his last four Thursday night games
- Matt Burton has scored a try in four of his last five appearances
- Kalyn Ponga has scored at least one try in his two games this season and in four of his last six
- Knights have won just two of their last seven away games as an outsider
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