The Panthers have received mixed news on the injury front, with fullback Dylan Edwards expected to make an early return from injury, but centre Waqa Blake lost for the season.
According to nrl.com, Blake has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury.
His place will then be taken by Dean Whare, who’ll vacate the fullback spot for the returning Edwards.
Losing a starter is never ideal, especially ahead of an elimination final. However, in this particular case, there’s an argument to be made that this combination is the best back line Penrith can roll out, anyway.