D-day looms for Panthers
Penrith have identified the next three rounds as pivotal in a bid to get their season back on track, starting against the Warriors at Pepper Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Anthony Griffin's men will be out to break a five-game losing streak and avoid being the first Penrith outfit to lose six games in a row since 2002.
The return to form for Panthers forwards James Tamou and Trent Merrin during Representative Round was a positive start, while the side performed strongly in the final 20 minutes of their match against Brisbane to take some momentum into the clash with the Warriors.
Panthers front-rower Reagan Campbell-Gillard was honest about the situation but said only the team could turn results around.
"It's been a long five weeks but the spirit and confidence around the club is still there," Campbell-Gillard said.
"We're off in both attack and defence and we've addressed that. The tries we are leaking are soft and everyone is on the same page.
"You can see what we do when we play simple footy, we can put points on, so we will definitely take confidence [from the Broncos game].
"Confidence is very hard to feed off each other when you're not winning and it is tough but I think once we start to get on a roll and play basic footy, that will do the talking."
Campbell-Gillard missed the final City-Country clash through injury with the 23-year-old one of the only Panthers made unavailable by the club for the round.
After a week on the sidelines and a few extra days to recover, the former Fiji international put the Panthers' plight ahead of representative football.
"I just had a few niggling injuries that I had to get right, it was important I put the team and club first," he said.
"Things that I had surgery on like my toe and wrist were giving me a few issues there. Everyone keeps standing on my toe at training and it flares up, but the week off has really helped.
"I let "Hook" (Griffin) tell Brad Fittler the story of what was going on and he was disappointed, but I come first and the Panthers do as well."
New Zealand international Dean Whare had noticed a spring in the step of several teammates upon his return to training in preparation for the clash with the Warriors.
"I watched the games last weekend and some of the boys really came into form, Jimmy (James) Tamou had his best game for a while," Whare said.
"The break came at the right time for us, half our team was missing all week and had a change with a new environment and some of the boys had that winning feeling."
Meanwhile, Griffin confirmed injured Panthers winger Josh Mansour was a strong chance of making a comeback against the Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 13 after missing the first half of the season as he recovers from a knee injury.