Panthers stronger than ever says Luai
Penrith ace Jarome Luai says the Panthers' electric start to the NRL season is no surprise to him and his teammates despite a summer of change.
The Panthers finished top of the pile in the 2020 NRL campaign and then made it all the way to the grand final before losing to Melbourne Storm.
Since then a number of older heads have moved on and it was suggested that Ivan Cleary's men could struggle to challenge for the big prize again in 2021.
However if the opening four games are anything to go by Penrith are looking even stronger, but that is no shock to Luai.
"It was funny to us," he said. "Obviously we lost some of the older boys and are forever grateful of what they brought to the club but we learned really fast what it takes to be great in this league.
"We've got a lot of good leaders here who are doing a really good job for us."
The five-eighth's game has also risen to another level and he has already set up six tries in the opening four games.
The number of tackles he is making has also increased, while the same can be said for his average running metres. But Luai says it is not all down to him.
"(Viliame Kikau) is making my job easier, everyone can see how good he is playing, not only in attack but defensively as well," he added.
"He's working hard off the ball and is doing a lot for me and my confidence. I'm happy with how our edge is going so far."
The Panthers are priced at 3.60 to win the NRL grand final.
The Panthers are priced at 1.38 to beat the Raiders.
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