Penrith’s high-flying young guns are poised to break another club record in their 2020 title march as they prepare to confirm their status as minor premiers.
The Panthers can end one of the NRL’s great strangleholds against North Queensland on Friday night, with a win enough to secure first place.
In doing so, Ivan Cleary’s men will become the first team to steal the historic JJ Giltinan Shield from the Sydney Roosters or Melbourne since Canterbury in 2012.
It will also make them just the third Panthers side in history to claim the prize, after their 1991 and 2003 premiership-winning teams.
Regardless, they will finish a 10th consecutive round at the top of the NRL’s ladder – a streak never achieved in the Panthers’ 53-year history.