1 Razzle Dazzle on show at Panthers Stadium
Leipana was its best, Maloney pulling the strings and Peachey was brilliant at the back once more. The attack on show at Panthers Stadium yesterday was scintillating with 71 points scored, at almost a point a minute.
Plenty of tries scored from inside their own half or from 40m out it was one of the best attacking games of the year. It was no coincidence as both sides have entertained all year, another classic between the two that will surely be replayed on Fox for years to come.
2 Panthers the new comeback kings
They were down 14-0 against the Eels and Rabbitohs in Rounds 1 and 2, and then almost clawed back the same deficit in Round 3, the Panthers have since then stamped themselves as the newest comeback kings of the National Rugby League competition.
After a humbling defeat at the hands of the Broncos three weeks ago and one of their youngest talents in Luai down and out injured, the Panthers season was hanging by a thread it seemed. Fast forward three weeks and another two stunning comeback wins and they are now on the cusp of a top two finish. Down 24-6 and 28-18 against the Warriors and Raiders respectively they have shown mental resolve of the highest order and only four weeks out from the finals too!
3 Raiders 2018 capitulations continue
The Raiders on paper have one of the most devastating attacking sides in the competition, their backline is the envy of many sides in the NRL, however they cannot seem to finish off games. In rounds 1, 2 and 3 they had healthy leads only to let victory slip from their grasp at the death on each occasion.
In season 2018 they have lost six games by six points or less the difference between playing for a finals spot and playing for pride at this point of the season. There is no doubting their talent however until they can learn to grind their way to a win, and focus more on their defence the Raiders finals drought may yet last a while longer.
4 Panthers charge for top four spot
Two weeks ago the Panthers sat on 24 competition points and faced the reality of being shoved out of the top eight if things kept going the same way. Fast forward two weeks later and a top four spot is on the cards and well within grasp now all of a sudden.
Not only is their injury list the shortest it has been for nearly the whole season, they have a decent draw to finish the season and have shown they can win coming from any position in a game.
5 Peachey stellar at fullback
Tyrone Peachey sat on the bench earlier this year frustrated and down on game time. However, after scoring a match winner vs the Sea Eagles after being injected off the bench, and he has been electric the last two weeks at fullback. Off to the Titans next year this may be his last shot (with all due respect) at a premiership tilt for a couple of seasons to come and he will get to do it from a starting position in the 13.
Slicing through the Raiders defence on two occasions he bagged two tries, a try assist, 154m gained, 2 line breaks, 1 line break assist and even made 3 one on one tackles in defence. A class act that can play ad limb football and return the football against a broken line, I for one am looking forward to see what the "peach" can produce in the coming weeks of the competition.
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