Collegians Sports Complex
Sunday, June 1
Referee: Adam Cassidy
PANTHERS - 1. Kieran MOSS 2. Eto NABULI 3. Wes NAIQAMA 4. Kevin NAIQAMA 5. Dallin WATENE-ZELEZNIAK 6. Will SMITH 7. Tom HUMBLE 8. Reagan CAMPBELL-GILLARD 9. Kierran MOSELEY 10. Sam ANDERSON 11. Ben MURDOCH-MASILA 12. Bryce CARTWRIGHT 13. Ryan SIMPKINS
INTERCHANGE:14. Liam AYOUB 15. Anthony CHERRINGTON 16. Nathan SMITH 17. Vaipuna TIA KILIFI 19. Daniel FOSTER
COACH: Garth BRENNAN
CUTTERS – 1. Adam QUINLAN 2. Geoff DANIELA 3. Charly RUNCIMAN 4. Nathan GREEN 5. Yaw KITI GLYMIN 6. Michael WITT (C) 7. Sam WILLIAMS 8. Matt GROAT 9. Shane PUMIPI 10. Rory O'BRIEN 11. Willie MATAKA 12. Junior TIA-KILIFI 13. Shannon WAKEMAN
INTERCHANGE: 14. Craig GARVEY 15. Josh AILAOMAI 17. Charlie FAINGAA 20. Sam DUGGAN
COACH: Ian MILLWARD
We’re in for an explosive game of footy this Sunday when the Panthers take on the Cutters at Figtree! Penrith are second on the ladder while Illawarra is sitting 3 points behind in 5th, and both are proving to be serious contenders for the premiership this year.
The Panthers had a convincing 42-8 win over Manly last weekend and have now won their last three games in a row, while the Cutters have lost their last two matches to Newtown and Wentworthville.
Penrith will have to clean up their act if they want to stay on top of the Illawarra outfit this week. Their performance against the Sea Eagles lacked discipline at times and they made plenty of mistakes, and had it not been for the opposition failing to capitalise on opportunities, the end result could have been very different.
The Cutters staged a late comeback in their match against the Jets last weekend, coming back from 24-6 at halftime to finish with 22 points in their corner. They too made plenty of errors which ultimately cost them the game, but there were flashes of brilliance and some solid game plays, proving they can be very dangerous in attack.
Both sides have named very strong teams and whoever gets the upper hand in the match first, is almost guaranteed to walk away with the two points. These clubs play very well from in front, but often struggle to play catch up if they fall too far behind.
The match will see former Penrith boy Geoff Daniela front up against his former club, while the Tia Kilifi boys will face off against each other. The Panthers will have Wes Naiqama back from injury and Bryce Cartwright will again start in the second row.
We will be looking for repeat performances from Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Sam Anderson and Ben Murdoch-Masila after they dominated the opposition’s defence last week. Eto Nabuli and Kevin Naiqama will also hopefully be at their try scoring best once again!