The is arguably the match of the round as it brings the runners-up from the past two grand finals together to determine who is the better-looking premiership material at this early stage.
The Panthers proved stronger by a whisker over the Storm two weeks ago and Ivan Cleary's side can again count on the Penrith faithful at BlueBet Stadium when the Raiders visit.
The competitor inside Ricky Stuart would love to orchestrate the Panthers' first loss of the season. But to do that he will need another strong defensive effort like his Raiders produced against the Titans on the back of 47 per cent possession.
They denied two Titans tries near the corner posts through desperation defence.
Panthers v Raiders
Match: Panthers v Raiders
Round 5 -
Venue: BlueBet Stadium, Penrith
Panthers: The Panthers will line up 1-17 as named. Unsurprisingly, coach Ivan Cleary stuck with the same 17 that proved far too good for Manly.
Robert Jennings and J'maine Hopgood were omitted 24 hours before kick-off. Scott Sorensen was the last man cut an hour before game time and Jaeman Salmon is the 18th man.
The Panthers are aiming for a 5-0 start to the season for the first time in the club’s history.
Raiders: Ryan James and Iosia Soliola have been brought into the starting team an hour before kick-off with Ryan Sutton and Joseph Tapine reverting to the bench.
Tapine is returning from an ankle injury and was named to start on Tuesday but will be kept out of the early exchanges.
Semi Valemei and Dunamis Lui were cut 24 hours prior to kick-off. Sam Williams was cut an hour before kick-off and Corey Harawira-Naera is the 18th man.
Winger Jordan Rapana has scored 10 tries in 11 games against the Panthers.
Match: Panthers v Raiders
Round 5 -
Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Stephen CrichtonFullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Panthers is number 2 Charlie StainesWinger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
Centre for Panthers is number 3 Paul MomirovskiCentre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
Centre for Panthers is number 4 Matt BurtonCentre for Raiders is number 4 Sebastian Kris
Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'oWinger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome LuaiFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan ClearyHalfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
Prop for Panthers is number 8 Moses LeotaProp for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch KennyHooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-HarrisProp for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Kurt Capewell2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah YeoLock for Raiders is number 17 Ryan James
Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone MayInterchange for Raiders is number 10 Ryan Sutton
Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Spencer LeniuInterchange for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine
Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Matthew EisenhuthInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Liam MartinInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Siliva Havili
Reserve for Panthers is number 21 Jaeman SalmonReserve for Raiders is number 21 Corey Harawira-Naera
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
The kicking games of Nathan Cleary and George Williams - especially in setting up tries for their outside men - will be crucial. The vision of these two in setting up attacking situations has them level at three try-assists each as they try to outwit each other here with boot and pass.
Cleary and Jerome Luai have a combined eight forced line drop-outs so far, which is a lot more than Williams and Jack Wighton's total of three.
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