After an unbeaten run that saw them win two matches and a draw, the side is raring to add another win to its title-defence campaign.
With Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles stripped of all their four game match points after Cook Islands Rugby League Association found them in breach of competition rules, the Eels will be hoping to capitalise and run clear on top of the points table.
The side, which was held 24-all in a titanic battle against arch-rivals Sea Eagles last week, will be hoping to get back to winning ways against the Panthers.
Eels coach Albert Nicholas said they still have to work on areas to ensure they become a force to reckon with this season.
He said all teams have proven their worth in the competition and would be coming strong to break their winning streak.
Panthers, which lost to Arorangi Bears last week, will want to win badly to get their campaign back on track.
After two losses and a win, the Darren Piri-coached side is hoping to gain some momentum in today’s tussle.
Panthers have also brought in two import Fijian players who featured for the side last week.
“Yes, we have the two import players from Fiji who played for us last week and this week, we had some chance to work on the combination and other stuff,” Piri said.
“It’s going to be a tough game, both teams will be gunning to win but we will have to do everything to win this game.
“I request fans from both teams to come down and enjoy this interesting game.”
In the other premier clashes, the Sea Eagles will take on the Takuvaine Warriors at the Happy Valley while the Titikaveka Bulldogs will host the Bears.
All premier matches will kick off at 4.30pm.
- Rashneel Kumar
Round 5 draws
4.30pm - Takuvaine: Premier Takuvaine-Ngatangiia (Ref: Poto Ngaroi, Touch Judges: Peter Robertson/Dawn Crummer, Bench: Jeff/Taua); Tupapa: 12pm Under 11 Tupapa-Avatiu (Ref: Taua Benioni, Touch Judges: Billy Tuaivi Jnr/Teina Savage), 12.45pm Under 13 Tupapa-Avatiu (Ref: Taua Benioni, Touch Judges: Daniel Ahau/Samu Alafua), 1.30pm Under 19 Tupapa-Avatiu (Ref: Walter Tangata, Touch Judges: Nga Takaiti/Poto Ngaroi), 3pm Reserves Tupapa-Avatiu (Ref: June Henry, Touch Judges: Teariki Peyroux/ Tofiga Aisake), 4.30pm Premiers Tupapa-Avatiu (Ref: Nga Takaiti, Touch Judges: Walter Tangata/Lekina Vaomotua, Bench: Papa Pat/Paul Allsworth); Titikaveka: 4.30pm Premier Titikaveka-Arorangi (Ref: Tua Manea, Touch Judges: Koa/Pius, Bench: Bishop).