Last Time Played: Panthers v Eels

The Panthers crushed the Eels, who were without star fullback Jarryd Hayne due to injury, 39-6 at Parramatta Stadium back in Round 4.

Four unanswered first-half tries plus a Travis Burns field-goal on the stroke of halftime catapulted the Panthers to a 23-nil lead at the break. The mountain men added to their tally shortly after the resumption when Brad Tighe scored and they increased their advantage even further with a smart four-pointer to Travis Burns on the hour.

Reni Maitua saved some face for the home side when he crossed in the 68th minute before Panthers winger Etuate Uaisele bagged his second try of the evening to complete Parramatta’s 80 minutes from hell.

Penrith made nine-line-breaks to the Panthers’ two. They were best-served by Michael Jennings and Travis Burns, who each contributed a pair of try assists and made a line-break.

Chris Sandow threw the final pass for Maitua’s try for the Eels, while captain Nathan Hindmarsh busted his guts in defence, making 56 tackles.

While Hindmarsh’s commitment to felling the opposition could not be faulted, the same could not be said for his team-mates: the Eels tallied an unacceptable 32 missed tackles throughout the contest.