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NSWRL TV Preview Round 13 | Panthers depth tested

NSWRL TV will bring you a must-watch clash this weekend when top of the table teams Penrith Panthers and Western Suburbs Magpies face off in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.

Both teams have been in scintillating form this season with nine wins apiece with the Panthers just above the Magpies on the table after having an extra bye.

The action kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 5 June at Lidcombe Oval with NSWRL TV continuing to bring you Monday night football from the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership when Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks take on the Wentworthville Magpies at 7pm on Monday 7 June.

Lidcombe Oval is the venue for the Panthers-Magpies game and it’s becoming a bit of a good luck charm for Western Suburbs based on their recent form.

Tomorrow will be their consecutive match at the ground after they enjoyed a 36-22 win over the Raiders in Round 11 followed by a 26-18 defeat of the Dragons in Round 12has contributed to their healthy record of 5-1 for home games.

The Panthers, who share nine wins with Western Suburbs, are undefeated in ‘away’ games (3-0) but the juggernaut came to a halt last week when the Panthers suffered their first loss of the season 38-16 to Mounties at BlueBet Stadium.

Things will be even tougher this week with Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Brian To’o, Isaah Yeo, Liam Martin and Apisai Koroisau all getting the call-up for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues forcing NRL coach Ivan Cleary to look to the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup team to help fill the first grade side.

Robert Jennings, Jaemon Salmon, Mitch Kenny, Lindsay Smith and Izack Tago have all been named in the team with another four players on an extended bench.

Back-rower Tago is equal with Jets hooker Bronson Garlick as the top try scorers in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup with 10 tries each.

The third-placed Cronulla side will have full use on Monday night of their five Harvey Norman Women’s NSW Origin players – Tiana Penitani, Corban Baxter, Maddie Studdon, Quincy Dodd and Kennedy Cherrington – as they don’t go into camp until June 18.

The Wenty Magpies, sitting in eighth spot, are looking for some redemption after a 46-0 hiding by the Helensburgh Tigers in Round 11. They had the bye last week to put that loss behind them and start afresh on Monday.