Competition leaders Penrith roll into the Warriors' Central Coast home away from home on an eight-game winning streak that has many pegging them as grand finalists.
The Panthers blew Canberra away on Saturday night with a 24-0 first-half blitz thanks to stellar performances across the park from the likes of Nathan Cleary, Apisai Koroisau, Viliame Kikau, Jarome Luai, Stephen Crichton, Isaah Yeo and Josh Mansour.
Penrith have been a brick wall in the opening quarter so far in 2020, taking their streak of not conceding a point in the first 20 minutes to 12 against Canberra. In that span they have dropped just three premiership points, losing to the Eels and drawing with the Knights.
The Warriors have been forced to negotiate a nightmare 2020 season but the gloom has begun to lift recently, a two-game winning streak nudging them to within four points of the eight in 11th spot.
Match: Warriors v Panthers
Round 14 -
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
Warriors: The Warriors are 1-17. Prop Jack Hetherington's suspension opens the door for Lachlan Burr to move from the bench into the starting side. Isaiah Papali'i is the new man on the interchange. The Warriors are chasing three consecutive wins for the first time since Round 5, 2018.
Gerard Beale and Josh Curran were cut from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off. Jack Murchie and Adam Keighran were omitted an hour before game time.
Panthers: A late change for the Panthers with Dylan Edwards returning from a hamstring injury at fullback. Caleb Aekins drops out of the side to make way for Edwards, who hasn't played since round 10.
Mitch Kenny and Matt Burton were omitted from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off. Billy Burns was cut along with Aekins an hour before kick-off.
The Panthers are aiming for a club-record nine consecutive wins.
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-SheckFullback for Panthers is number 19 Dylan Edwards
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick HerbertWinger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam PompeyCentre for Panthers is number 3 Tyrone May
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta HikuCentre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
Winger for Warriors is number 5 George JenningsWinger for Panthers is number 5 Brent Naden
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi NikorimaFive-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-TavitaHalfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownProp for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl LawtonHooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Lachlan BurrProp for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz TevagaLock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde EganInterchange for Panthers is number 14 Daine Laurie
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam BlairInterchange for Panthers is number 15 Spencer Leniu
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Daniel AlvaroInterchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Isaiah Papali'iInterchange for Panthers is number 17 Zane Tetevano
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Gavin Badger
Eliesa Katoa v Viliame Kikau: The Warriors' 20-year-old rookie second-rower has been in fine form since returning from injury, crossing for a try last round against the Sea Eagles, but Katoa will have to dig deep if he is to keep up with Kikau who was devastating against the Raiders.
Kikau strolled over for a four-pointer early against Canberra and seemingly broke the line at will. The in-form Panthers are certain to give their potent attacking weapon plenty of opportunities.
Every time the Warriors have scored 26 points they have collected the two points in 2020. They have finished on that score in their past three wins and chalked it up on the way to 37 in a round five triumph over the Cowboys. The only one of their five wins in which they didn't hit that number was an 18-0 victory over the Dragons in round three.