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Penrith are within striking distance of making Premier League history if they add four more points to their lead in the last seven rounds.

They have an eight-point lead going into Saturday night’s Round 18 showdown with the Sharks at BlueBet Stadium, one of the two teams closest to their 34-tally.

Penrith also meets the other team currently ranked 26th, the Cowboys, in the final round of the regular season. So if they can take those two opponents into account, they could very well become the first team since the Premier League began in 1908 to end the season 12 points clear of their nearest challengers.

The 1951 South Sydney side hold the all-time record after ending the season 11 points behind the Sea Eagles. The Rabbitohs, with Immortal full-back Clive Churchill in his prime, beat Manly 42-14 to win the Premier League.

The only other teams to finish better than the current Panthers side were the legendary 1975 Eastern Suburbs team, led by Immortal propsman Arthur Beetson, and the 1925 Rabbitohs, each with a 10-point buffer that Minor Premiership secured.

Clive Churchill

Clive Churchill (left) is one of Australia’s rugby league’s most revered figures. (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Such was the dominance of the undefeated South Sydney side in 1925 that what became known as the NSW Rugby Football League ended first-past-the-post competition a few weeks early to open the City Cup knockout tournament, which unsurprisingly also for the Bunnies won.

The following season, a four-team Finals series was introduced.

There has been no guidance from NRL HQ on whether they are considering ending the 2022 season early because Penrith is too good, but you can’t definitively rule out the potential for unforeseen rule changes these days.

From the looks of it, Penrith’s eight-point cushion always puts them in fifth place alongside the Balmain firsts of 1917, Easts in 1935 and ’74, the mighty Saints of 1958 and ’59, Parramatta in 1982 and Manly the following year.

The ’83 Sea Eagles are the only team from this illustrious list not to win the Premiership, with the Eels completing their title hat-trick under coach Jack Gibson with an 18-6 triumph at the SCG.

Many expected Penrith’s six-point lead to be reduced to four last week, but the Cowboys were upset by the Sharks in Townsville and the Panthers, despite rest periods for their seven NSW representatives, were still able to defeat bottom-placed Wests Tigers 18 displace -16.

Their 16-1 record at this stage of the season is slightly better than in 2020 when they won the Minor Premiership but lost the Grand Final – they had 15 wins, one draw and one loss.

Last year they were 15-2 in the relevant round but also edged out Melbourne by a relatively meager 30 points for the Minor Premiership.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Viliame Kikau of the Panthers is tackled during the NRL Round 18 game between the Wests Tigers and the Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium on July 17, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

(Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

This Saturday’s clash with Cronulla has the potential to become a Grand Final preview as the visitors look set to soar up the table this season under new coach Craig Fitzgibbon.

The Panthers’ seven-strong Origin contingent returned to training on Thursday. Does that mean they’re refreshed or underwhelmed for an important game? For the sharks, it could be the best time or the most turbulent time to make the trek to Penrith.

“Time will tell,” said coach Ivan Cleary. “History has shown, and a lot of people talk about it, that it’s a mental exhaustion, this Origin time. For our boys, it’s usually only the second time they’ve done it.

“The third game was full. I’ve been to a lot of Origin games and this was as intense as I saw it. They were all pretty happy to have a break.”

At $2.10 in bookies, the Premiers are near-irresistible favorites despite the Grand Final being almost two and a half months away.

Panthers' Jarome Luai celebrates with Soni Luke

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Cleary said the reality is “if you get to the final you have to win at least three games, maybe four, against the best teams”.

“They’re really good. They’ve been beating Melbourne and the Cowboys for the past few weeks,” Cleary said when asked about Cronulla at his midweek media scrum.

“They just ticked off wins and found ways to win, they win differently. They definitely throw a lot at you, but the sharks have been like this for a few years.

“This year their defense is definitely better too, so it’s going to be a good test.”

Even if they put the Sharks to the sword, Penrith is unlikely to extend their competitive lead into double digits with the Cowboys at home to the struggling Tigers on Sunday.

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