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Keeping Anthony Milford quiet is key for Penrith

IT HAS become one of the toughest assignments in the NRL.

But if Penrith wants to bounce back into the winner's circle it will have to find a way to ground high-flying Canberra fullback Anthony Milford today at Sportingbet Stadium.

Milford (pictured) didn't necessarily have his best game last weekend when the Raiders upset Souths.

But his touches of class at crucial times made the difference.

This clash shapes as the battle of the NRL's Jekyll and Hyde teams - great one week and ordinary the next.

Both are sitting at 2-2 this season, Penrith coming off a disappointing loss to Parramatta and the hot-and-cold Raiders, riding high after trumping the higher-rated South Sydney.

Milford though is clearly the X-factor, and no doubt he has heard he is on Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga's short list as a possible inclusion in his 17-man Maroons squad.

Panthers fullback Matt Moylan will see the Milford challenge as an opportunity to show everyone how far his own game has come.

The young fullback was one of Penrith's better players in their 32-16 loss to Parramatta and he is getting better with every NRL game he plays.

Former NSW forward Tim Grant, the subject of several wild rumours that the club didn't want him, returns to the Penrith pack and his size and strength will help shore up the middle of the ruck.