Indigenous All Stars back-rower Tyrone Peachey is ready for what he describes as "the biggest game of my life".
Penrith winger Josh Mansour will miss Round 1 with a shoulder complaint and centre Jamal Idris is also in doubt following off-season surgery.
Penrith teenage sensation Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has revealed a burning desire to play fullback is what kept him from signing a long-term deal with the club.
Tupou Sopoaga has had to put his journalism desire aside in order to reignite his NRL career at the Penrith Panthers.
Following a breakout 2014 season Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has extended his contract at Penrith through until the end of the 2016 season.
He's gone through four coaches in two years, but Matt Moylan is far from a 'coach-killer' - he's one of the next bona fide NRL stars.
A few individual highlights in an otherwise underwhelming effort was enough to see the Cowboys down the Panthers 14-8, booking a spot in the finals.
The Storm easily accounted for Penrith to earn on Saturday their first win of the Auckland Nines weekend with a 20-4 victory.
The error count was huge in a stop-start game where a powerful performance from Issac Luke helped Souths edge out a very young Penrith side 11-4.
Penrith's Auckland Nines skipper Kevin Kingston says the unknown youngsters in the Panthers squad could well make a name for themselves over the Nines weekend.