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Opposition in Focus: Panthers coming for Magic Round

The Panthers are coming to Queensland on Sunday, but it won't be the glitter of the Gold Coast, with all teams heading to Suncorp Stadium for Magic Round.

The 'black cats' have delivered plenty of their own magic in 2021 and as the only unbeaten team in the NRL in 2021 it will be a big task for the Titans.

The young Panthers side went on a similar run last year before falling short at the last hurdle in the Grand Final to Melbourne and Titans Coach Justin Holbrook believes this game is an opportunity for his side.

"It's a great opportunity for us," Holbrook said.

"Nobody has been able to beat them this year so we get an opportunity.

"I'm confident, we know it is as big of a task as we can get... but if we can put it all together on the night, we're going to have to play 80 minutes, and I'm confident we can win."

Player to Watch

There are a few in the Panthers side that can go under this category, including the dynamic halves in Nathan Cleary and Jerome Luai, but before they can create anything they need to go forward in the middle - and there is one man who has been doing it better than most this year - James Fisher-Harris.

The New Zealand Kiwi forward sits 4th in the Dally M rankings and is the highest forward on the back of a strong running game in 2021.

Fisher-Harris is averaging 171 running metres per game, has 10 offloads and 19 tackle breaks and is a big reason why the Panthers backs have had so much room to play this season.

Panthers Team List v Titans

1. Dylan Edwards
2. Charlie Staines
3. Stephen Crichton
4. Matt Burton
5. Brian To'o
6. Jarome Luai
7. Nathan Cleary (c)
8. Moses Leota
9. Apisai Korosau
10. James Fisher-Harris
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Liam Martin
13. Isaah Yeo
14. Tyrone May
15. Scott Sorensen
16. Matthew Eisenhuth
17. J'maine Hopgood
18. Paul Momirovski
19. SpencerLeniu
20. Rbert Jennings
21. Mitch Kenny

With two sides that know how to score points, it is going to be an exciting way to end Magic Round and the side that can defend the best will come out on top.

Titans v Panthers - Sunday, 6:25pm, Suncorp Stadium - Fox Sports, Kayo