A shock immediate retirement headlined the Panthers' five-game losing-streak ending win over the Warriors, whose finals hopes now hang in the balance.
It was an innocuous bump to the head at the captain's run before the Panthers' 24-10 win over the Warriors that proved the final straw for Nigel Plum.
The Penrith Panthers have snapped up a five-game losing streak, whilst also handing the New Zealand Warriors their fifth-straight loss, with a 24-10 win.
Five-eighth Jamie Soward is looking to have a greater impact as the Panthers look to separate themselves from a logjam of teams at the bottom of the ladder.
Despite being two points from the bottom of the ladder, the Panthers have refused to accept they're a chance to end 2015 with the wooden spoon.
Pepper Stadium will see the coming together of a team clinging to their last chance of making the finals, and one that is pretty much now playing for pride.
The Eels got the two points against the Panthers in a scrappy match to keep their slim Telstra Premiership finals hopes alive. Here are five key points.
A runaway try to Reece Robinson gave the Parramatta Eels a 10-4 win over Penrith in a dour contest in Darwin on Saturday night.
Rugby league heads to the Territory this week with western Sydney rivals Parramatta and Penrith fighting for pride in Darwin on Saturday night.
Bryce Cartwright couldn't be more proud of the way his teammates stuck to their task in an agonising 20-16 loss to premiers South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.