Panthers' landslide target

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The Independent Online
Penrith Panthers yesterday challenged St Helens to prevent a points rout in tomorrow's World Club Championship game. The Panthers must win by 47 points to reach the quarter-finals.

But with the memory of last week's 50-point victory over the soon-to- be English Super League champions, the Bradford Bulls, and St Helens' 84-point defeat to the Auckland Warriors, Penrith reckon they have a great chance of inflicting a massive defeat.

"Given some of the scores in the competition it is feasible that, if we are hot on the night, we can do it," said the Panthers' Ryan Girdler, who has scored 98 points in Penrith's five WCC matches.

The St Helens coach, Shaun McRae, is hoping for a much more committed display than when the two sides met in June at Knowsley Road, when the Panthers won 50-30.