NRL Pre-Season Challenge: How Penrith Panthers could finish pre-season $200k richer

Penrith can soften the blow of dropping Stephen Crichton with a helpful $200,000 bonus by claiming the Pre-Season and World Membership Challenges subsequent month.

The league formally confirmed the $100,000 prizemoney for the winner of the inaugural Pre-Season Problem, which kicks off on February 9 in Auckland.

Nonetheless, the Panthers can double their winnings by defeating Tremendous League champions St Helens when the 2 groups face off in Penrith on February 18.

The Each day Telegraph spoke with premiership-winner Corey Parker to interrupt down the most important storylines heading into the trials, all of which will likely be broadcast on Fox Sports activities and Kayo.


Warriors v Tigers, Mt Good Stadium, Auckland 6pm

Tim Sheens and Benji Marshall’s Wests Tigers have their first official take a look at, with a brand new model of footy promised.

Parker thinks the additions of Isaiah Papali’i, John Bateman and Api Koroisau have bolstered their crew.

“Introducing these three people, they will be a very totally different crew. They gained’t go from picket spoon to first, however there needs to be, for as soon as, quite a lot of pleasure across the Wests Tigers,” Parker stated.


Knights v Sharks, Industree Group Stadium, Gosford 5.55pm

With the Knights seeking to enhance off their horrid season final 12 months, new recruits Jackson Hastings and Lachie Miller will likely be key.

“I used to be actually impressed with Jackson Hastings final 12 months and thought he dealt with himself very properly,” Parker stated.

“Among the performances Hastings placed on final 12 months have been terrific and he is a good acquisition and we’ll see good indicators within the problem.

“Lachie Miller is an actual good success story and he will get an actual alternative to cement himself on this Newcastle facet.”

Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles, Industree Group Stadium, Gosford 8pm

Anthony Seibold is being put to the take a look at to see how his facet will go with out their star fullback Tom Trbojevic and their new halves mixture with Daly Cherry-Evans and Josh Schuster.

This primary recreation is a big take a look at for the facet as they go up in opposition to South Sydney, who will look to place their foot down from day dot.


Eels v Panthers, BlueBet Stadium, Penrith 6pm

Given the best way Penrith humiliated Parramatta within the grand closing, fireworks may very well be anticipated.

After the quantity of footy each groups performed final 12 months, Parker expects some recent faces within the rematch.

“J’maine Hopgood will are available for Parramatta I consider and really feel a void of the likes of Isaiah Papalii,” he stated.

“He’s been flying underneath the radar and will likely be one of many new gamers that makes a press release.

“I’ve little doubt we gained’t see Penrith’s full facet within the first recreation as I assume they’re focusing extra on the World Membership Problem.”

Dragons v St Helens, WIN Stadium, Wollongong 8.05pm

St Helens’ first Australian take a look at will come in opposition to the Dragons earlier than their blockbuster conflict in opposition to the reigning premiers.

The Saints, who’ve gained the previous 4 Tremendous League titles, boast the likes of Will Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell, Jack Welsby, and Jonny Lomax.

“St Helens will not be going to be a simple beat crew for our NRL sides,” Parker stated.

“They’ve some high quality gamers and outfit which play a high quality model of soccer.

“They don’t seem to be right here to lose.”

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Storm v Roosters GMHBA Stadium, Geelong 1.50pm

In what may very well be the sport of the around the Roosters wish to present followers why they’re one of many favourites for this 12 months’s competitors.

“I’ve the Roosters within the prime three groups of this 12 months, so I’m anticipating respectable indicators within the pre-season problem,” Parker stated.

“Write the Storm off at your personal peril. The period of time they’ve misplaced gamers and are available again stronger is ridiculous, so I gained’t rely them out.”

Raiders v Bulldogs, Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya 3.55pm

Cameron Ciraldo has been one of the vital hyped coaches in latest historical past and can get his likelihood to point out it all through February.

Parker believes we’ll see a lot of the Bulldogs Spherical 1 crew all through the entire pre-season to gel everybody collectively.

“I’d play my spherical one crew all through the complete pre-season to allow them to construct that concord and cohesion earlier than the season begins,” he stated.

Cowboys v Dolphins, Barlow Park, Cairns 8.05pm

Waynne Bennet goes to have to make use of a few of his magic yet another time for the Dolphins to succeed as Parker doesn’t count on to see a lot from the most recent NRL crew.

“The truth of the dialog is the personnel of their soccer facet,”

“Take nothing away from these people however their ahead pack is ageing and we actually don’t know what we’re getting from their halves,”

“I’m not anticipating massive issues from the Dolphins however we’ll get a very good indication after the pre season problem.”

Broncos v Titans, Sunshine Coast Stadium 8.05pm

The stress is on for coach Justin Holbrook as he and all titans followers hope Kieran Foran will give good indicators within the Pre-season Problem.

Similar could be stated for Kevin Walters as hopes of a constant facet with the inclusion of Reece Walsh will hopefully convey the Broncos again to finals.