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.
Panthers lock-turned-centre Tyrone Peachey admits he was nervously cramming on videos of good defensive centres when his coach moved him to the backline.
There are two massive finals contests this weekend – an all-Queensland grudge match and a face-off between arguably the two most exciting sides in the league.
Blake Austin and Josh Hodgson will be fit to play for the Raiders, but can they shake off injury and inspire Canberra to knock out the in-form Panthers?
Andrew Voss on this weekend's semi-finals, Josh Jackson's role as a future NSW leader, Michael Ennis, James Roberts, and the tragic loss of Grant Cook.
Raiders halves Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin can lay claim to being the best judges of Matt Moylan's evolution in recent months.
Despite many of their young stars having never played in the finals before, the Panthers knew exactly how to handle everything the Bulldogs threw at them.
NRL referees boss Tony Archer has addressed the contentious refereeing calls from the first week of the finals, including a penalty try and a non-referral.
Panthers prop Leilani Latu was emotional after he enjoyed a finals win over the club who cut him loose after a string of injuries in his formative years.
Long-range efforts, pinpoint perfect kicks and some razzle dazzle from the Panthers feature in the top 10 plays of the first week of the NRL Finals Series.