Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin.
Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin. JULIAN SMITH

Panthers facing worst losing streak in 15 years

THE Panthers are hoping history can repeat.

Languishing in 15th spot at 2-7, Penrith needs to win 10 of its final 15 games to have any chance of making the finals, starting with beating the Warriors at Pepper Stadium on Saturday.

Such a run seems a tough ask, but it's one the Panthers accomplished last year.

"It was just a lot of hard work," coach Anthony Griffin said of last season's run to the finals.

"Our start to the year was patchy and frustrating just like this year has. We had a couple more wins on the board but the players worked very hard and we found a couple of tough wins.

"Sometimes that confidence, you don't know where it goes, and all of a sudden it appears again out of a couple of key moments that you find together in a game."

Only three sides since 1954 have made the finals after starting with two wins or less after 10 rounds - Brisbane (1999), Canberra (2002) and Parramatta (2006).

After starting the year as premiership favourites, the Panthers are facing their sixth loss in a row and their worst losing streak since 2002.

"It's frustrating but we never believed we were premiership favourites," Griffin said.

"It's probably a lot of people who got themselves under pressure from the predictions they were making."

News Corp Australia


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