PANTHERS: 1.Christian CRICHTON, 2.Joshua JAY, 3.Brent NADEN, 4.Robert JENNINGS, 5.Eddie AIONO, 6.Jarrod BRACKENHOFER, 7.Sam SCARLETT, 8.Andy SAUNDERS, 9.Kierran MOSELEY, 10.Oliver CLARK, 11.Chris SMITH, 12.Sione KATOA, 13.Brendan ATTWOOD
INTERCHANGE: 14. James FISHER-HARRIS, 15. Moses LEOTA, 16. Jordan HALL, 17. Dave COWHAN, 18. Josh TANGITAU
SHARKS: 1. Valentine HOLMES, 2. Finlay DIBLEY, 3. Paul SIMONA, 4. Jamayne ISAAKO, 5. Joshua ADDO-CARR, 6. Jaden CLARKE, 7. Connor TRACEY, 8. Kurt DILLON, 9. Bradley DEITZ, 10. Jake GOODWIN, 11. Anthony MORAITIS (c ), 12. Patrice SIOLO, 13. Winstone ASOTASI
INTERCHANGE: 14. Jayden BRAILEY, 15. Sage WILDER, 16. Alec SUSINO. 17. Kalausa LEHA
Saturday’s clash against Cronulla will be a very important match for Penrith’s Under 20’s side who need to secure a few more wins to stay in top 8 contention as we draw closer to finals.
After running in 50 points against the Broncos in round 18, the Panthers were brought back down to earth with a 32-18 loss at the hands of the Roosters last week. Our match against the Sharks will be the perfect opportunity to get back into the winner’s circle.
Despite the loss last week, there were some good performances for our guys including that of Sione Katoa who scored a try and was involved in a lot of game play. Brendan Attwood also scored two tries in a solid performance and will look to continue that form at Carrington Park.
As for the Sharks, they posted their first win since round 5 last week, beating the Cowboys 24-22. They will be desperate to add another victory to their total and will be out to make amends for our clash earlier in the year, when we beat them 32-20 at home, in round 8.
Fullback Valentine Holmes will be a key player for the Panthers to watch. He is considered a future superstar and has represented Queensland in both the under 18s and Under 20s in recent times. We’ll need to shut him down defensively to nullify his talent and exploit other weaknesses.
Also in the Cronulla side is Paul Simona, brother of Wests Tigers player Tim Simona. Paul is of a very similar mould to Tim and will be a potent weapon for the Sharks in attack.