Last season’s minor premiers Penrith Panthers launch their 2021 NRL season on Saturday night when they play host to the North Queensland Cowboys.
Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Panthers have won 10 straight games at home…
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Panthers vs Cowboys Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday March 13
⏰ Time: 7.30pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Panthers Stadium
Panthers vs Cowboys Head to Head (last five matches)
- 18/9/20: Cowboys 12-32 Panthers
- 19/7/20: Panthers 22-10 Cowboys
- 23/8/19: Cowboys 24-10 Panthers
- 4/5/18: Panthers 20-26 Cowboys
- 29/3/18: Cowboys 14-33 Panthers
Panthers vs Cowboys Preview and Prediction
Penrith fell just short of a dream premiership last season – how will they bounce back from that heartbreak when they confront they Cowboys in their opening round clash on Saturday night?
It was almost a perfect season for the Panthers – they compiled a club record 17 consecutive victories, falling just two short of the Roosters all-time first grade record set in 1975, secured the minor premiership and fell by just six points in the Grand Final against Melbourne after a sensational late fightback.
However, that all counts for nothing as far as 2021 is concerned and Ivan Cleary now has the task of getting his young team motivated to do it all over again – which can be extremely tough.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys will be determined to challenge for the eight after experiencing a couple of very mediocre campaigns finishing near the bottom of the ladder.
Todd Payten is the new man in charge of North Queensland, returning to the club he was assistant coach at during their 2015 premiership-winning season.
Payten improved the Warriors during his short stint their as interim coach and the Cowboys’ faithful will be hoping he can work his magic with the Townsville club.
There’s certainly enough firepower for the Cowboys to cause an impact this season and indeed in this game against Penrith. Kyle Feldt is consistently one of the best wingers in the game, Valentine Holmes is capable of anything at his best, Michael Morgan is a premiership-winning halves player and Jason Taumalolo is arguably the most destructive forward in the NRL.
If the Cowboys can click and defend well, they have the potential to be a force. There’s absolutely no value in backing the Panthers and I don’t think they should be that short. It’s a long shot, but Round 1 typically produces a couple of upsets and North Queensland have the chance to make a statement straight out of the gates here.
Panthers vs Cowboys Teams
Moses Leota steps into the shoes left vacant by James Tamou in the forwards, while Paul Momirovski partners star young gun Stephen Crichton in the centres for Penrith. Brent Naden is suspended for the first four rounds.
Scott Drinkwater starts the season as North Queensland’s fullback and Valentine Holmes slots onto the wing.
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 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. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin 18. J’maine Hopgood 19. Matt Burton 20. Robert Jennings 21. Mitch Kenny
Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Esan Marsters 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Josh Mcguire 16. Corey Jensen 17. Lachlan Burr 18. Shane Wright 19. Reuben Cotter 20. Murray Taulagi 21. Ben Hampton
Panthers vs Cowboys Stats
- Penrith have won 10 straight games at Panthers Stadium
- Cowboys haven’t won in Penrith since 2016
- Kyle Feldt has scored a try in his last five games
- Stephen Crichton scored a try in 15 matches last season
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