Penrith will look back at their season-ending loss to Canberra with despair, but given where they were three months ago, there is nothing to be ashamed of.
Despite an inspired second-half comeback from Penrith, Canberra did enough to create NRL history. Key points from the Raiders' drought-breaking semi-final win.
The Raiders have progressed to the preliminary finals for the first time in 21 years, surviving a second-half comeback to down the Panthers at GIO Stadium.
The Raiders and Panthers have both confirmed their final 17 ahead of their elimination semi-final clash at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.
Centre Waqa Blake has been ruled out of the Panthers' semi-final with Canberra due to a shoulder injury.
Canberra winger Jordan Rapana and Penrith opponent Josh Mansour go head-to-head in an NRL Telstra Premiership semi-final at GIO Stadium.
Penrith Panthers back-rower James Fisher-Harris is hopeful of making the Kiwis squad for the end of season Four Nations tournament.
Penrith prop Suaia Matagi is using the lessons learned from his troubled past to set him on his path for life after football, and he has the Panthers to thank.
Up-and-coming Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary believes he would have never made his NRL debut this season if his father Ivan was still coach at the club.
Panthers lock Trent Merrin says for all the talk of Penrith building a strong team for the future, there's nothing stopping the in-form Panthers right now.