Panthers coach Anthony Griffin insists his young team will learn lessons from the four-game losing streak they are enduring after eight rounds of the season.
At one stage the Eels looked like running away with an easy win but a struggling Panthers outfit managed to at least give them a scare on Saturday.
Corey Norman starred with two tries as the Parramatta Eels continued the Penrith Panthers' poor start to the season with an 18-12 win at ANZ Stadium.
The Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers have confirmed their 17-man line-ups ahead of their Round 8 Telstra Premiership clash.
Penrith second-row forward Bryce Cartwright has been promoted to the starting side against Parramatta, with James Fisher-Harris succumbing to injury.
After being squashed by Cronulla last week and looking bereft of point-scoring strategies, Penrith's premiership credentials have been called into question.
The Penrith Panthers will play an NRL match in Bathurst each season until at least 2028 after signing a new 10 year agreement with Bathurst Regional Council.
Massive scores across the board led to some huge NRL Fantasy numbers but there is still plenty of value to be had, with some genuine guns at rock-bottom prices.
The battle of the west is on again with both sides desperate for a win. Penrith are out to end a three-game losing streak while the Eels are searching for form.
The players to watch and predicted results for Round 8 of the National Youth Competition.