Forget Payne Haas and Addin Fonua-Blake, Penrith players are adamant they have the NRL’s best front-rower in their pack as they bid for a premiership three-peat.
And he comes in the form of softly spoken Kiwi James Fisher-Harris.
For all the talk of Brisbane whiz-kid Reece Walsh and Penrith’s September points-scoring surge, Sunday night’s grand final still looms as a battle of the middle.
The Panthers know they must find a way to stop the Broncos’ fast play and offloads, denying them the chance to have Walsh attacking a broken line.
For that, they will look to Fisher-Harris as their middle leader.
“One hundred per cent he’s the best (in the NRL),” fellow forward Spencer Leniu said.
“He’s been racking up the stats for years and years. He kind of gets swept under the rug compared to other front-rowers.
“Moses Leota too. He’s sort of like a dark-horse front-rower. No one really talks about him.
“But if we really pay attention about what front-rowers are supposed to do, he does everything.”
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