LOSING STREAK SNAPPED 🐯 The Wests Tigers are back in the winners circle after a 30-22 win over South...
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However, Brisbane will again be without injured stars Darren Lockyer (ribs), Tonie Carroll (shoulder), Shane Webcke (calf), Craig Frawley (hamstring) and Scott Minto (neck) for the clash with the defending premiers.
It was hoped Webcke and Carroll would be back for Friday?s blockbuster, however, with the finals series starting in just two weeks it appears coach Wayne Bennett and his medical staff are taking no risks with their champions.
After scoring two tries to put the Broncos back in front, Carlaw was caught in a nasty high tackle by Rabbitohs prop Scott Geddes, who has been charged by the video review committee.
There are also problems within the Penrith camp, with gun backrower Tony Puletua almost certain to miss Friday?s match and perhaps some finals action after he aggravated an injury in last weekend?s clash with Parramatta.
On a more positive note for John Lang?s side, hooker Luke Priddis will be available for the match with his former club after entering an early guilty plea to a careless high tackle on Eels halfback Michael Witt.
The Panthers are also sweating on the availability of Ryan Girdler (ankle), Amos Roberts (groin) and Frank Pritchard (shoulder/ankle). While a win on Friday night would see Penrith seal a top four position, a loss could see them plummet as low as sixth and sacrifice a home final.
TEAM: 1: Karmichael Hunt 2: Nick Parfitt 3: Brent Tate 4: Shaun Berrigan 5: Stuart Kelly 6: Ben Ikin 7: Casey McGuire 8: Carl Webb 9: Neville Costigan 10: Petero Civoniceva 11: Gorden Tallis (c) 12: Corey Parker 13: Dane Carlaw
INTERCHANGE: 14: Tom Learoyd 15: Brad Meyers 16: Darren Mapp 17: Paul Green 18: Sam Thaiday (one to be omitted)