Dubbo junior Isaah Yeo believes his Penrith Panthers aren't at the level of the competition's top sides, but they aren't far off.
"Paramatta beat us and Roosters are in tremendous form, so they are probably the two sides to beat at the moment," he said during a press conference.
Yeo said the Roosters verse Paramatta game shows both sides are sitting at the top at the moment, but also said he believed the Panthers were growing and probably weren't too far off the top.
"We are confident in our abilities and what we can offer.
"There are still things we are working on and we haven't perfected, I don't think we have played a perfect 80 minute game yet, and that's probably a pleasing thing that we have something to work towards each week.
"That's obviously going to have to be right this week against a strong Tigers outfit."
Yeo said his team had a couple of good performances in the past weeks, and the confidence that comes with that is showing.
"We are still a young side ... and we are backing the way we play."
"It's been a fun start to the year."
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