Penrith have qualified for their fourth straight Grand Final after another dominant NRL season. Here’s how they got to the season decider…
Penrith’s season begins with a shock 13-12 loss to Brisbane on a wet night at BlueBet Stadium. Stephen Crichton and Soni Luke score for the Panthers.
Penrith withstand a late South Sydney comeback to record their first win of the year, a 16-10 victory at BlueBet Stadium in front of almost 17,000 fans.
Nathan Cleary kicks an inspiring two-point field goal to force golden point against the Eels, but Parramatta sneak home 17-16 in a Thursday night thriller.
The Panthers go wild in the nation’s capital, thrashing the Raiders 53-12. Sunia Turuva and Izack Tago both grab doubles in the huge win.
Dylan Edwards scores four tries, including a first half hat-trick, as Penrith thrash Manly 44-12 in front of more than 20,000 fans at BlueBet Stadium.
Two Nathan Cleary field goals ensure Penrith get home 16-15 against Newcastle in a scrappy game at McDonald Jones Stadium.
South Sydney storm home to beat Penrith 20-18 at Accor Stadium, with the Rabbitohs suddenly emerging from the game as Premiership favourites.
Penrith’s season is suddenly at a tipping point after the Wests Tigers produce the upset of the season in Bathurst, winning 12-8 in atrocious conditions.
Penrith bounce back from a shock loss to the Tigers to beat the Warriors 18-6 at Magic Round. A late Spencer Leniu try seals the victory.
More than 20,000 fans pack into BlueBet Stadium to watch Penrith dismantle the Roosters, winning 48-4 in an eight-tries-to-one romp.
Penrith avenge the Round 1 defeat to Brisbane with a 15-4 victory at Suncorp Stadium, with Nathan Cleary producing a stellar individual performance.
The BlueBet Stadium crowd is stunned when Nathan Cleary suffers a serious hamstring injury. The Panthers push on beat the Dragons 26-18.
No Nathan Cleary, no worries. The Panthers make light work of the Roosters at Allianz Stadium, recording an impressive 30-6 victory.
Without their Origin stars, the Panthers hold their own against the Cowboys in Townsville, but eventually go down 27-23 in Golden Point.
Penrith prove too good for Newcastle, recording an important 20-12 victory as the busy representative period rolls on.
A relentless Melbourne go 12-0 up, before the Panthers mount an impressive comeback and run out comfortable 34-16 winners at AAMI Park.
A plucky Dolphins give the Panthers a run for their money, but Ivan Cleary’s side is too good in the end, winning 24-14 in Redcliffe.
Try scoring celebrations flow quickly as the Panthers easily account for Canterbury 44-18 in front of a sellout Sunday crowd in Penrith.
Penrith’s strong form heading towards the business end of the season continues, with a 28-0 thumping of Cronulla at BlueBet Stadium.
Melbourne look good early, but the Panthers eventually find their groove and produce a 26-6 victory in front of a huge BlueBet Stadium crowd.
Manly throw everything at the Panthers, and even look on the verge of causing an upset, but in the end the visitors get up 24-14 at Brookvale Oval.
Penrith thump Gold Coast 40-14 at Cbus Super Stadium in their final away game of the regular season, setting up a huge finish to the Minor Premiership race.
Jarome Luai suffers a shoulder injury on a night to forget for the Panthers. Arch rivals Parramatta produce a stunning 32-18 upset at BlueBet Stadium.
Penrith claim the 2023 Minor Premiership with a 44-12 thrashing of North Queensland in front of 21,525 fans at BlueBet Stadium.
Finals Week 1
Nathan Cleary produces one of the finest individual performance in a Finals match for some time, as Penrith run out 32-6 victors over the New Zealand Warriors on a sunny Saturday afternoon at BlueBet Stadium. Cleary scores a try and kicks six goals in the impressive victory.
Finals Week 3
Brian To’o scores a hat-trick as Penrith dismantle Melbourne with a dominant performance at Accor Stadium. The Panthers score six tries to one in the 38-4 thumping, qualying for the 2023 NRL Grand Final and setting up a fairytale farewell for Stephen Crichton and Spencer Leniu.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.