How to watch Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks NRL live and match preview
Gear up as the big cats return – watch the Panthers take on the hungry Sharks.
This week's Panthers vs Sharks game sees 2 teams in winning form come head-to-head.
The Sharks accounted for fellow top 4 team, the Cowboys, last game – on the latter's home turf no less. They extended a winning streak against the Cowboys that goes back to 2018.
Penrith only overcame bottom of the ladder West Tigers late in their match last weekend. The Panthers were missing their State of Origin stars, but the victory meant they still managed to get through the torrid representative period without dropping a match.
When is Panthers vs Sharks kick-off time?
Panthers vs Sharks is on Saturday 23 July at BlueBet Stadium, Penrith. Kick-off is at 5:30pm AEST.
How to watch Panthers vs Sharks live
While Penrith games are usually a frequent fixture of free-to-air TV coverage, this round's Panthers vs Sharks is accessible only via a subscription. That means you'll need either Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ or Foxtel Now. Sharks fans in particular might want to look at getting a subscription now, as only 1 of their remaining premiership round games will be on the 9 Network.
Stream Panthers vs Sharks on Kayo
Signing up to Kayo ensures you get every game of every NRL round live or on demand. New customers can use this 14-day free trial and test it all out, meaning Panthers vs Sharks could be streamed at no cost.
Kayo Sports has no lock-in contracts and subscriptions start at $25 a month and that lets you watch on 1 device at a time. If you're after more simultaneous streams, the Basic package at $27.50 a month allows 2 while the Premium package has up to 3 at once for $35 a month.
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Panthers vs Sharks match preview
Both teams are coming into the match in great form. The Sharks are currently 5 on the trot, knocking over finals contenders the Storm and Cowboys along the way. Meanwhile, the Panthers are on a run of 8 victories in a row, a feat made even more impressive as it came during the State of Origin season when their big guns were usually unavailable.
When these 2 teams met last year, they were vastly different games. The Sharks edged out the Panthers by 1 point in their last encounter. But the time before that, the Panthers managed to completely shut out the Sharks to the tune of 48–0. After the Panthers and then the Bunnies next week, the only potential finals candidate the Sharks could face in the run home are the Sea Eagles. A win here would give them a solid footing to entrench themselves in the top 4.
But with the Panthers' Origin stars returning to the side vs the Sharks, and probably still smarting after NSW's loss, they will be keen to taste victory again. With a home ground advantage, we think they'll do just that.
Panthers vs Sharks team lists
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9 Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Charlie Staines 19. Spencer Leniu 20. Chris Smith 21. Sunia Turuva 22. Sean O'Sullivan
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Connor Tracey 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicholas Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Dale Finucane 14. Teig Wilton 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Braden Hamlin-Uele 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Aiden Tolman 20. Kade Dykes 21. Jesse Colquhoun 22. Matt Ikuvalu
You can check out what's happening after Panthers vs Sharks with the 2022 NRL season draw here.
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