Having slipped into the bottom half of the eight in 2019, the Penrith Panthers answered their critics with a dominant campaign where they lost only one game in the regular season.
Ivan Cleary’s men won 17 consecutive games to reach the 2020 NRL Grand Final, but they had to settle for silver as the Melbourne Storm took out the gold.
Can Penrith’s emerging stars go one better in 2021? Let’s see how the NRL outright betting markets are shaping up at the bookies.
About the Penrith Panthers
|Home ground:||Panthers Stadium|
|Captains:||Nathan Cleary, Isaah Yeo|
|Premierships:||Two – 1991, 2003|
|2020 ladder finish:||First (18-1-1) – RUNNERS UP|
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Updated Penrith Panthers futures odds
|2021 Premiership||Make Top 4||Top Tryscorer|
|Feb||$5||$1.65||C Staines $15|
|Mar||$5||$1.65||C Staines $15|
|Apr||$4.50||$1.14||C Staines $17|
|Jun||$2.75||–||C Staines $6.50|
|Jul||$3.50||–||C Staines $29|
Best Penrith Panthers bets for NRL 2021
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for Penrith, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- They went within a whisker of winning the competition last year, so it is no surprise to see the Penrith Panthers start the 2021 NRL Premiership season as outright title favourites. With even luck, they will be hard to beat.
- With Josh Mansour leaving the club, there is now a spot for the prodigiously gifted Charlie Staines in Penrith’s starting side. At $15 in the preseason markets, he is one to consider for top tryscorer in 2021.
- As the designated kicker for the premiership favourites, Nathan Cleary is an obvious candidate in the NRL 2021 top pointscorer betting. If he can add a few more tries to his ledger this season, he will be hard to top.
2021 Penrith Panthers NRL draw
|1||North Queensland Cowboys||Panthers Stadium||Saturday, March 13||7:35pm|
|2||Canterbury Bulldogs||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, March 20||3pm|
|3||Melbourne Storm||Panthers Stadium||Thursday, March 25||8:05pm|
|4||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Thursday, April 1||8:05pm|
|5||Canberra Raiders||Panthers Stadium||Friday, April 9||7:55pm|
|6||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, April 15||7:50pm|
|7||Newcastle Knights||Panthers Stadium||Thursday, April 22||7:50pm|
|8||Manly Sea Eagles||Carrington Park||Saturday, May 1||3pm|
|9||Cronulla Sharks||Panthers Stadium||Friday, May 7||6pm|
|10||Gold Coast Titans||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, May 16||6:25pm|
|11||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Apex Oval||Sunday, May 23||2pm|
|12||Canterbury Bulldogs||Panthers Stadium||Saturday, May 29||3pm|
|13||Wests Tigers||Leichhardt Oval||Friday, June 4||7:55pm|
|14||Cronulla Sharks||Jubilee Stadium||Friday, June 11||7:55pm|
|15||Sydney Roosters||Panthers Stadium||Friday, June 18||7:55pm|
|16||Parramatta Eels||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, July 2||7:55pm|
|18||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Sunday, July 18||2pm|
|19||Brisbane Broncos||Panthers Stadium||Saturday, July 24||7:35pm|
|20||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Saturday, July 31||7:35pm|
|21||Sydney Roosters||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, August 7||5:30pm|
|22||St George Illawarra Dragons||WIN Stadium||Friday, August 13||6pm|
|23||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Panthers Stadium||Friday, August 20||7:55pm|
|24||Wests Tigers||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, August 29||4:05pm|
|25||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, September 3||7:55pm|
Panthers players to watch in 2021
With six tries in only two games in his debut campaign, Charlie Staines heads into the 2021 season with all sorts of tickets on him. Josh Mansour’s departure means Staines will start on the wing this year, and we cannot wait to see what the young man from Parkes delivers.
If there were any doubts as to whether Jarome Luai was the right man to partner Nathan Clearly in the halves, those were well and truly dispelled last season. If Luai can produce more of the same in 2021, the Panthers will be very hard to beat.
After a four-year stint at Manly, Api Koroisau returned to Penrith in 2020 and proved to be one of the best signings of the season. If the Panthers go all the way to the NRL Grand Final again, you can bet this guy will have played a huge hand.
Penrith Panthers records and stats
- Most games: 244 – Steve Carter (1988-2001)
Most career points: 1,572 – Ryan Girdler (1993-2004)
Most points in a match: 30 – Michael Gordon (2010)
- Most consecutive wins: 17 (2020)
Most consecutive losses: 10 (1972)
Biggest winning margin: 72-12 (vs. Sea Eagles, 2004)
Biggest losing margin: 7-70 (vs. Sea Eagles, 1973)
Biggest comeback win: 8-31 to 32-31 (vs. Tigers, 2000)
- The Penrith Panthers were one of three teams vying for admission to the New South Wales Rugby League in 1967. The others were the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Wentworthville Magpies. Maybe it was only because Western Suburbs already had ownership of the black and white, but the Panthers and the Sharks got the nod.
Penrith’s outer-west location proved problematic in the early years. The league’s best players preferred to stay and play in the inner city and beachside suburbs, so the Panthers had little choice but to develop their own talent at grassroots level. Those efforts began to pay dividends in 1985 when the likes of Greg Alexander and Royce Simmons helped the club to its first-ever finals campaign.
The best was yet to come. Sustained improvement in the late ’80s allowed Penrith to attract star talents such as Brad Fittler, Mark Geyer and John Cartwright. A maiden NRL Grand Final appearance arrived in 1990, but it was the Canberra Raiders who emerged victorious on that occasion. The mourning period was a short one, however, and in 1991 the Panthers broke their duck and reaped revenge all at once with a 19-12 win over the Raiders.
Penrith have endured plenty of ups and downs since then. The likes of Fittler and Geyer left the club soon after the ’91 flag, while coach Phil Gould only lasted until ’94. A second premiership arrived in 2003 – the Panthers’ last appearance in the big dance.