R9 Panthers v Sharks - Game Day Thread

Can’t fault the performance so far.

The groundwork was certainly laid by Fish and Leota, they turned the sharks forwards into flake

And I finally got a hot dog for the first time this season.

Bit disappointed in the crowd considering it was a sell out

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Full Time:-

Panthers 48 - 0. Cronulla

Panthers were good, Cronulla were poor.

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I think the most impressive thing is just how complete we are as a side.

Our attack is now balanced right side and left. And we are finding tries up the middle as well.

We went back to our strength of starving a team of possession with in goal kicks.

Sharing the kicking for the last few weeks is working wonders with our last tackle options.

Leading 40-0 we muscled up in defense and kept the opposition in their 20 the entire set.

We have the best defense organising fullback in the league (yes in that element I am rating Edwards above Tedesco).

We have the best halfback, the best prop, and both our 2nd prop and 5/8 are up their too.

Are wingers are magic - different in style but similar in attitude and commitment.

Is Martin the best bench forward at the moment? Goes forward as a prop, then moves to the edge to create havoc.

Yeo is arguably the best lock too.

Then we have Kiks and Capewell, Burton and Crighton.

We have the right attitude, the right fitness, fantastic mix of skills and most of all a well balanced team.

I can’t see Momo taking Burtons spot except during origin when Burton covers for Cleary in the halves.

Kiks still a little out of sorts but you can’t fault his determination. The good thing is he draws defense for others to break the line.

Api too seems to be week or two from peak fitness.

It will be scary when they are all in form and 100%.

Not to mention the talent in reserve grade awaiting their shot.

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Does it get any softer than the crusher tackle penalty against them? Cronulla milking it for all it was worth.

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:mega: Panther Pride Man of the Match voting is now open here.

8 unanswered converted trys. It doesn’t get much better.
Cronulla were outclassed on this occasion as it could’ve been more.
To’o 200+ running metres, Cleary 8 from 8, API back in the groove,
Capewell a real goer, our forwards relentless, Edwards as safe as a bank. The Forbes Ferrari on song but for a couple of dropped balls. A complete performance tactically and coach has started
his rotation. This squad is exceptional and can improve.

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I hope the NRL doesn’t use us a a scapegoat again for the crusher tackle. I am thinking Api carries carry over points.

Very comprehensive once again. As the wins mount up, I can’t help but feel a little nervous as each game, where we are expected to win, rolls around.
Guess the guys don’t get nervous :slight_smile:

The way they play, the way they defend is a sight to behold. Everyone knows there role & performs to a high level week in week out. And they have fun. The way the squad has developed all the skills is amazing - options everywhere.

As I commented in the voting thread, so many good performances are making it so hard to award points, and I guess our guys are cancelling each other out somewhat in the Dally M’s. Especially when Blockhead Roach gave DCE a point in last weeks game - he was pretty well the worst player on the park.

From the first set we were on song & never gave the gummies a look in. Great to be a Panther!!!

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so many have covered all aspects labout ast night and its a great feeling to win and to keep winning and last night there were a few highlights for me.
Firstly JFH would have to be the worlds best Forward atm by a long way and what he doing in attack and defence simply cannot be understated but he isn’t alone, the entire forward pack are hunting and hurting as a group.
Sorenson impressed me greatly last night and if he can maintain his effort and increase his game time he will be an important addition to our squad, i loved his energy and his overall game.

Cleary’s growing more and more every week and we are seeing almost a new move/ aspect of his game each week and his no look pass last night was evidence of someone at the top of their game and its difficult to concede but he still can improve

Our right side attack last night was a thing of beauty, sure we had a couple of hiccups but in the main our execution , intent, energy, effort was great to watch

Crichton had his best game for a while and while Kikau may need to be rested during a game but when he his on the field his “off the ball” efforts are quite sensational to watch and last night he was causing havoc in not so much what he does but what he may do…defences cannot read us.

The boys look look like they are loving what they do…together and that is coming through in what they do.

Cronulla were shocking but that in no way takes away our effort, they could only play as well as we allowed them.

This is a team building into the year, makes us salivate about what is to come from this group.

Enjoy boys, you deserve the accolades you are receiving.

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Only watched the extended highlights on the NRL website but Cronulla only touched the ball twice from memory - say no more.

MOM selection impossible - say no more again.

And I have nothing more to say - yet.

Just a little info from todays lower grade matchup in Jersey Flegg.

12 changes has been made to the Jersey Flegg team, including 10 call-ups from players in the SG Ball side, due to “the impact of the upgraded NRL COVID-19 protocols”

I’m still trying to find out what that exactly means.

UPDATE The Panthers have drawn 20 - 20 with the third placed Sharks at Fulltime.

:rugby_football: Jersey Flegg Cup | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 20 Tries Sunita Lotoaniu, Flynn Isaacs, Mavrik Geyer, Immanuel Tagalomatua
Goals Connor Mason (1/2), Hayden Bonanno (1/2)
Cronulla Sharks 20 Tries James Coyne, Isaac Longmuir, Blake Hosking, Jack Boyling,
Goals Jordan Samrani (1/2), Isaac Longmuir (1/2)

REPORT

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Just got through the late mail for NSW Cup.

17 changes made to this squad, 9 St Marys Ron Massey Cup representatives and 8 Panthers Jersey Flegg players were added to the side after 12 players and coach Peter Wallace have been excluded due to “NRL COVID Bubble Level 3 protocols”

The side will be coached by St Marys Saints coach Brad Drew.

This has been an extraordinary effort to ensure a game could be played today.

UPDATE Newtown Jets lead 14-12 at half time. Panthers started a bit rough but it stated coming together towards halftime. 2 late tries to Thomas Jenkins and Adam Fearnley reigned in the 14-0 lead by the Jets.

UPDATE 70th Minute. Panthers lead 40-18. The Panthers are looking sharp and now really starting to stick it to the Jets. Amazing performance.

UPDATE FULL TIME. The “makeshift” Panthers put together an awesome team effort to put the Newtons Jets away, winning 46-18

:rugby_football: K.O.E NSW Cup | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 46 Tries Thomas Jenkins (2), Adam Fearnley (2), Soni Luke, Liam Henry, Ethan Clark-Wood, Luke Sommerton
Goals Niwhai Puru (7/8)
Newtown Jets 18 Tries Edward Aiono (2), Bronson Garlick, D’Rhys Miller
Goals Honeti Tuha (1/4)

REPORT

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:mega: Jersey Flegg Cup and K.O.E NSW Cup match reports have been added.

Judiciary Update

ON REPORT

Player Charge MRC Result
Apisai Koroisau Crusher Tackle Not Charged

CHARGED

Player Charge Grade Points (Early) Points Suspension Plea
Liam Martin Contrary Conduct 1 0 ($1,150 fine) 0 ($1,500 fine) 0 weeks Guilty

Sorry about the bombardment of updates, I was fortunate to have my laptop on me today at Bluebet Stadium for this afternoon lower grade matches.

So last night… what a performance. It almost seemed like they were in second gear, but if that’s second gear, they will be a force hard to stop at full tilt.

I couldn’t find a fault in that match last night, kicks were coming from everywhere, I think in total there would have been 5, maybe 6 kickers. The Sharks had no answers, the Panthers kept them playing out of their own 20m the whole night, did not give them an inch.

The forwards were great, Leota and JFH hitting hard early on and bending the Sharks defensive line and Yeo and Capewell finding the gaps and making massive post contact metres. Scott Sorensen (#599) has at great debut. a real solid hitter, and had a impressive 142 metres, with 62 PCM for his 40 minutes of game time.

I wasn’t sure about the Kikau try at the ground, but watching the replay this morning I agree that it was a try.

Api on report for a crusher blew my mind, as Tolman clearly turned to put himself in that position after he had made contact. Absolutely ridiculous, wasn’t penalty worthy yet alone report worthy (seem the MRC agrees, as he has not been charged).

Cleary and Luai just seem to be getting better week after week. The kicks were silky smooth only a couple not finding their mark. Add May and Burton putting a few kicks in, and a special by Capewell had the Sharks backtracking all night not knowing where they were going to strike.

The Sharks must be secretly wetting themselves and rocking in the corner when they hear the name “Charlie Staines”. Crichton drew in the defence and just let the kid run the ball, smoking them out wide and going in… not once, not twice… but thrice. As sad as it was losing Mansour this year, you can understand why, you just can’t deny him that spot, as real superstar.

It was truly an awesome team performance. Every player out there is playing for one another and they just gel as unit.

This is the part where you stop reading @Kevin as I am about to talk up Capewell :wink: . What a performance. He’s the whole package. He was everywhere. He was hitting up hard and got the defence on the back foot on several occasions, we up on the kick chase batting back for a try assist, through on another kick chase and was almost over himself, dropping at the last moment (guess he is human after all)… and then a sneaky kick through for Kikau. Find out what he wants and give it to him and re-sign him.

…anyway a solid performance, and hopefully it get the try scoring juices flow for next weeks Magic Round matchup with the Titans.

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Steve. Are you seriously apologising for keeping us up to date? It is great to be able to receive these updates.

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Then tell your friends if they want to be up to date, stick with Steve @ pantherpride

And Charlie needs a soccer coach!

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Awesome result, with us showing our potency across the park. I always love beating the Sharps.

As per an in joke with the guys I sit with, we will now be referring to the northern end as the Vulture St end, and the Southern end as the Stanley St end.
:rofl::rofl::rofl:

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