The Penrith Panthers are still alive in the 2017 NRL season after a stunning reversal of form against the Manly Sea Eagles.
After going down by 16 against Manly last week, it was a different Panthers outfit that turned up at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
Penrith survived on two disallowed tries to the Sea Eagles and a controversial try to Tyrone Peachey to set up a week two match up with the Brisbane Broncos in Brisbane.
“We were disappointed with the way we finished the regular season but it was always going to come down to a knockout semi against someone,” coach Anthony Griffin said.
“I’ve never seen a more disappointed shed in my time at the club than after last weekend’s game. We felt that we'd let ourselves down and you could feel from the first training session that it was going to be different.”
Panthers’ Peter Wallace expects a capacity crowd in Brisbane and a wounded Broncos outfit after his former side were edged by the Roosters.
With the Melbourne Storm the prize for the winner of the match, the Panthers are focused on the task ahead.
- Penrith play Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. Kick-off at 7.55pm.