However you decide to view the Round 4 clash between the Panthers and Knights, the reality is both sides have only managed one win to begin 2017.
After missing the backend of last season through injury, Penrith Panthers centre Peta Hiku likened Saturday night's cameo against the Roosters to his NRL debut.
Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary knew exactly what awaited him at Tuesday morning's media call.
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Panthers coach Anthony Griffin was not convinced the better side won and preferred to focus on the positives following his side's loss to the Roosters.
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A frantic tackle in the final seconds on the tryline has helped the Roosters to a dramatic two-point victory over the Panthers at Pepper Stadium on Saturday.
The Panthers and Roosters have both confirmed their final 17 ahead of their Round 3 NRL Telstra Premiership clash at Pepper Stadium on Saturday night.
Panthers front-rower James Tamou admits it is hard to find a weakness in the Sydney Roosters side that will take to the field for their Round 3 clash.
The Panthers will welcome back winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak in Saturday's clash with the Roosters, but have lost back-rower Bryce Cartwright to injury.