1 vs 2 in final round of NSW Cup
PANTHERS: 1.Kieran MOSS 2.Eto NABULI 3.Kevin NAIQAMA 4. Wes NAIQAMA 5.Tom EISENHUTH 6.Luke CAPEWELL 7.Tom HUMBLE 8.Sam ANDERSON 9.Daniel FOSTER 10.Reagan CAMPBELL-GILLARD 11.Nathan SMITH 12.Vaipuna TIA KILIFI 13.Ryan SIMPKINS
INTERCHANGE: 14. Leilani LATU, 15. Josh TANGITAU, 16. Pat HOLLIS, 17. Mitch CLARK
MAGPIES: 1.Justin HUNT 2.Ben FRITZ 3.Jake BUTLER-FLEMING 4.Danny HOWARD 5.Cecil MACKENZIE 6. Api PEWHAIRANGI 7. Luke KELLY 8.Daniel ALVARO 9.Ben JONES 10.Fuifui MOIMOI 11. Joseph UALESI 12. Lorenzo MA’AFU 13. Lionel O’MALLY
INTERCHANGE: 14. Sam GORMAN 15. Takai MOEAKIOLA 16. Isaac MALIOTA 17. Nick KASSIS
Game day details
Saturday 30th August
Penrith Panthers vs Wentworthville Magpies
Kick off: 3pm
This week is the final round of the NSW Cup for 2014 and Sportingbet Stadium will host a top of the table clash on Saturday when the first placed Panthers take on the Wentworthville Magpies who are second on the ladder.
The Panthers will be looking for their fifth straight victory in this match after their tough win last weekend in wet conditions against Mounties. This match was played in trying conditions and the Panthers were down to limited interchanges due to injuries and concussions but still came away with the win with a gritty effort, especially in defence.
Wentworthville also come into this match in form, having won three games in a row including last week when they beat the Wests Tigers convincingly 44-6. Being the feeder team to the Parramatta Eels, their team is full of first grade experience including the likes of Justin Hunt, Luke Kelly, Ben Jones and Fuifui Moimoi. The Panthers will need to be defensively strong again to limit the impact of their forwards like Moimoi, who allow their halves to control the game and create opportunities.
These two teams met back in round 4 of this year where the Panthers were victorious in a high scoring game 42-22. Both teams have improved dramatically since then and will be looking to take some momentum into the finals and gain an edge if they are to meet later in the year.
The depth of the Penrith Panthers NSW cup has been tested due to injuries and suspensions in the top grade but the ability of players such as Daniel Foster, Tom Eisenhuth and Vaipuna Tia Kilifi to step up into the starting side in recent weeks has been a credit to the team and the club as a whole to have such players at their disposal.
With finals venues not yet finalised, this may be the last chance that fans get to cheer on the 2014 Minor Premiers of the NSW Cup at Sportingbet Stadium so all fans and members are encouraged to come along and support the boys in this tough match.