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Sport Brisbane Broncos v Penrith Panthers: five burning questions

09:16  14 september  2017
09:16  14 september  2017 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Penrith advance on dubious Peachey NRL try

  Penrith advance on dubious Peachey NRL try Penrith will face Brisbane in next week's NRL semi-final at Suncorp Stadium after a 22-10 sudden-death win over Manly.Scores were locked at 10-10 late at Allianz Stadium when the bunker failed to find evidence Peachey had knocked on the ball in the lead-up to his try.

Brisbane 8 - Penrith 5 . The Broncos have their seventh win of the NRL season and Ben Hunt has managed a winning role in another game. A good escape effort from the Broncos . The big concern for the Panthers will be a dangerous throw charge against Tyrone Peachey, who dropped Adam Blair

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High-flyer: Nathan Cleary's star is on the rise.© AAP High-flyer: Nathan Cleary's star is on the rise.

Is there really a gulf between the top four and bottom four (two)?

All will be revealed across the weekend, although there did seem to be a slight gap in class and intensity in the first week of finals football. Prior to that, the school of thought went that none of the bottom four sides, perhaps with the exception of the Sharks, could challenge Melbourne's supremacy. With Cronulla vanquished, it's up to Penrith and the Cowboys to prove they deserve their shot. The Panthers did well to turn around their fortunes against Manly, but face a difficult task travelling to Brisbane, who can expect a swollen crowd for their final home game of 2017. Even though they are the ones fresh from a win, it is Penrith that must step up their game if they are to progress.

Panthers hoping Moylan can extend NRL finals run

  Panthers hoping Moylan can extend NRL finals run Penrith Panthers players are hoping troubled skipper Matt Moylan can return from personal issues against Brisbane to extend the club's NRL finals charge.The Panthers were considered long shots to beat Manly in their elimination final with Moylan on indefinite leave as he battles personal issues.

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Can Brisbane sort out their defensive woes?

Boyd Cordner didn't fall over because he contracted a case of the speed wobbles. Instead, the Roosters captain was simply staggered by the size of the gap left for him to gallop through. That really was the story of the early parts of the Roosters-Broncos match. The Tricolours would belt them up the middle, then swing it to the edges, where they would find Brisbane defenders either falling over each other, or be standing so far apart they needed semaphore to communicate. Enforced positional changes through the halves didn't help, while Anthony Milford still looks occasionally reluctant to commit physically given his shoulder issues. Wayne Bennett went on a rampage at training to try and whip them into shape. Last week, they had a second chance. This time it could be fatal.

Matt Moylan's counselling appointment to decide availability for Broncos final

  Matt Moylan's counselling appointment to decide availability for Broncos final Penrith won't play Matt Moylan in Friday's do-or-die semi final against Brisbane unless the skipper is given the all clear following his counselling appointment later in the week. Moylan's availability for the clash against the Broncos isn't a football selection issue, with the decision to be left in the hands of the medical experts the 26-year-old will see this week.Penrith have reiterated their main concern is the health and wellbeing of the five-eighth and won't be rushing him back in a bid to keep their season alive.

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Broncos seal a spot in the prelim with a hard-fought 13-6 win over the Panthers at Lang Park.

What's the deal with ... Nathan Cleary?

Ben Hunt reckons the Panthers teenager could be as good as Johnathan Thurston one day, which would in fact see him become one of the greatest players of all time. Huge if true ... NSW has been on the lookout for one of those for years. Regardless of what happens in the future, it will be fascinating to see how Cleary handles the bright lights and Broncos loons at Suncorp Stadium. This is prime time rugby league and he can be guaranteed to be sent to the ground with venom every time he kicks or takes it to the line. Nothing has worried him thus far in his career. This looks to be another step on his rapid rise towards the top.

Does Anthony Griffin's record against Wayne Bennett mean much?

Kahu praises Griffin ahead of NRL reunion

  Kahu praises Griffin ahead of NRL reunion Brisbane's Jordan Kahu has praised Penrith coach Anthony Griffin for his man management in a difficult time during his stint as Broncos mentor.A horror run of knee injuries ensured Kahu didn't play often during Griffin's four-season Broncos coaching stint that was ended abruptly in 2014 by Wayne Bennett's return.

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Griffin's coaching record against Bennett is so successful he would probably describe it as, "Yeah, good". In truth, it's a fair bit better than yeah good. Try very good. Even really good. Since 2011, when they first crossed paths in the NRL as head coaches, Bennett sides have only won twice (one draw), with Griffin on top for the other eight occasions. It's Bennett's worst winning percentage against any coach, ever. Ask him about it and you get short shrift; he thinks it's a historical quirk. It's already getting hard to ignore ... it will be even harder if Griffin plots a surprise win on Friday night.

Does the Storm have anything to fear from the winner?

You can see it now. Melbourne will be watching the game, wearing their best club-issue black turtlenecks, tucked away in a graffiti-strewn laneway bar, sitting on old fruit crates, eating wagyu off slabs of recycled ironbark and drinking $40 cocktails from repurposed jam tins. "Penrith any good Bill?" asks Cooper Cronk, not bothering to even look away from his half-completed poetry anthology. "Their leagues club is a cultural wasteland," Slater replies. "As for Brisbane," he continues. "Where did it rate on liveability index? Exactly. Now pass me another deconstructed pie."

Tyrone May to undergo surgery, will miss start of 2018 season .
<p>Panthers playmaker Tyrone May is expected to undergo surgery will likely see him miss the start of the 2018 NRL season.</p>The 21-year-old picked up an ACL injury during Penrith's loss to the Broncos on Friday.

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