Panthers: 1 Matt Moylan, 2 Josh Mansour, 3 Dean Whare , 4 Isaah Yeo, 5 David Simmons , 6 Jamie Soward, 7 Peter Wallace, 8 Sam Mckendry , 9 James Segeyaro , 10 Brent Kite , 11 Sika Manu, 12 Tyrone Peachey, 13 Elijah Taylor
Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Jeremy Latimore, 16 Nigel Plum, 17 Bryce Cartwright
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Titans: 1 William Zillman, 2 Kevin Gordon, 3 Brad Tighe, 4 Brad Takairangi, 5 David Mead, 6 Maurice Blair, 7 Albert Kelly, 8 Luke Douglas, 9 Matt Srama, 10 Nate Myles (c), 11 Greg Bird (c), 12 David Taylor, 13 Ben Ridge
Interchange: 14 Matthew White, 15 Luke Bailey, 16 Mark Minichiello, 17 Paul Carter, 18 James Roberts
Coach: John Cartwright
Saturday’s clash between the Panthers and the Titans will be a family affair for the Cartwright’s, with young Bryce lining up for Penrith against the Gold Coast, who are coached by his uncle John!
Penrith have been on a roll the last few weeks and now sit in second spot on the ladder after winning their last three games, while it’s been the complete opposite for the former top-of-the-table Titans, who have suffered three straight defeats.
The Panther’s form can be attributed in part to the depth in our squad with Coach Ivan Cleary able to name a similar starting side each week, and having plenty of players to call on should someone pick up an injury.
Young guns Isaah Yeo and Bryce Cartwright have been brilliant for the team despite their lack of first grade experience, and haven’t skipped a beat in the games they’ve played.
The Titans on the other hand, are still struggling with injuries to Aidan Sezer, Ashley Harrison and Beau Fallon who have all been sidelined for some time, while Albert Kelly who’s been named at halfback is still not at full fitness. They also go into the match without an established goal-kicker.
But they will have a plethora of players back this week including Greg Bird, Nate Myles and Kevin Gordan. Former Panther James Roberts has been included on a five-man bench, with the coach not planning to finalise his side until game day.
This will also be the first time Brad Tighe lines up against his former club.
Penrith will field the same 17 that ran out against the Eels last weekend, with Yeo starting in the centres and Cartwright on the bench.
Greg Bird will be one for our boys to watch closely. After spending two weeks on the sideline on suspension, he will be keen to get out on the paddock and prove his worth for Origin 2 selection. He was very strong against the Panthers when they travelled to Sportingbet Stadium earlier in the year.
If Tyrone Peachey and Josh Mansour repeat their performances from last week, and if Jamie Soward and Pete Wallace continue their solid kicking game to lead our boys around the field, we’ll have a good chance of returning home with another two points this weekend.
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