NSW Cup: Panthers v Wyong
Saturday, June 7
Referee: Liam Nicholls
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available via www.hawkesburyradio.com.au)
PANTHERS – 1. KIERAN MOSS 2. ETO NABULI 3. WES NAIQAMA 4. KEVIN NAIQAMA 5. DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK 6. WILL SMITH 7. TOM HUMBLE 8. SAM ANDERSON 9. KIERRAN MOSELEY 10. TIM GRANT 11. BEN MURDOCH-MASILA 12. MATT ROBINSON 13. RYAN SIMPKINS 14. VAIPUNA TIA KILIFI 15. NATHAN SMITH 16. SHAUN SPENCE 17. REAGAN CAMPBELL-GILLARD 18. ANTHONY CHERRINGTON 19. LIAM AYOUB COACH: GARTH BRENNAN
ROOS – 1. GRANT NELSON 2. DALE CLACHERTY 3. JAY FLORIMO 4. DANIEL PENESE 5. SHAUNE CORRIGAN 6. BROCK MOLAN 7. ALEX LANGBRIDGE 8. MARK O’MELEY 9. MITCH WILLIAMS © 10. MAGNUS STROMQUIST 11. SAM BERNSTROM 12. TEKINA VAILEA 13. BENNETT LESLIE 14. ELONI VUNAKECE 15. SHAUN BOSS 16. LEIVAHA PULU 17. ADAM SHAW 21. INOKE VUNIPOLA COACH: RIP TAYLOR
Saturday’s NSW Cup clash between the top of the table Panthers and 10th placed Wyong will be an interesting one, with Penrith looking consistent and strong and the Roos so unpredictable it’s dangerous.
The Panthers continued their winning streak last Sunday with a nail-biting 1 point win over the Illawarra Cutters. It wasn’t their best performance and had it not been for a Tom Humble field goal in the dying minutes of the match, the result could have been very different.
Wyong had a gutsy win last weekend too, beating Manly 36-30, which has kept them in touch with the top 8. They started poorly against the Sea Eagles but managed to score some exciting tries; they were very quick off the mark and took full advantage of Manly’s weaknesses. Their form has been up and down this season which makes them very dangerous opponents, as you don’t know what you’re going to get on the field.
This week at training, Penrith coach Garth Brennan has been tightening up a few plays that let us down last week, and has been focusing on team discipline. Defence will be key against the Roos.
He’s named a full strength side, including big Ben Murdoch-Masila who returns after being struck down with a virus which kept him out of last weekend’s match.
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