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Panthers v West Tigers 1 year 7 months ago #25021

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The Panthers malaise of failing to convert field position inside the opposition red-zone, into tries, was there for all to see on Saturday at Pepper Stadium. Our NSW Cup side was rolled by a committed Western Suburbs outfit that frustrated the Panthers out of what should have been a comfortable win. The Panthers Reserves seemed to spend half the game inside the opposition 20 and yet, despite a wealth of possession and and countless scoring opportunities, the first half was all but gone by the time Pelasasa managed to steam over the line courtesy off a Zac Docker-Clay money ball. 6-6

Their inability to press home a great territorial advantage was incredibly disappointing, especially as the team, as a whole, looked classy on either side of the ball.

Supporters wondering if Te Maire-Martin is ready for a return to First Grade can rest easy, he’s ready! He played the full 80mins and looked all class in attack and defence. He wasn’t afraid to take the line on and set alarm bells ringing amongst the opposition every time he even looked like running. Thankfully, he runs selectively. He’s got the best short ball you ever saw and his overall team management looks decisive, creative and very effective.

It was only Reserve Grade but he couldn’t have been more impressive. Even his defense was outstanding, if he had a shoulder problem, he doesn’t any more. Despite the loss, Anthony Griffin looked a lot like the cat that swallowed the canary.

Zac Docker-Clay more than matched it with Robbie Farrah, he looks like a very good footballer who wouldn’t be out of place in the NRL. He gives great service from dummy half but also has a great passing game in general play. He’s a real little powerhouse. He looks dangerous every time he gets his hands on the ball but, unlike Robbie Farrah, he knows exactly when to run and when to pass.

Ollie Clark and Andy Saunders both had big games and Stanton Albert, back from injury, charged into the fray like a runaway train. Antonio Palasasa looked strong off the bench.

Dylan Edwards was sharp and safe at the back and proved an effective link on the fringes of the ruck. Jennings look-a-like, centre Ray Lesoa, looked very sharp.
Aussie Rules recruit Josh Hall is great under the ball and best of all, understands the principle, “You can’t expect to get your hands on the ball if you don’t make a play for it”. He’s an outstanding aerialist. He’s also a bloody good goal kicker.

Despite the loss, I saw enough to suggest that this side could still go a long way in this year’s competition. They’ve got the personnel, they just need a plan - how best to exploit the talent they’ve got at their disposal.

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Panthers v West Tigers 1 year 7 months ago #25022

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Martin had a shoulder injury and it was printed on the Panthers website that he had done plenty of ball work and kicking. Which obviously means he is still fit, maybe not match fit.
My question is, should they put him on the bench tomorrow? They already have been playing with a back on the bench for a couple of games.
From your posts I can see you never want to bag players, but what's your bent on Hardaker, Blake, Martin and Cartwright.
You might know what has happened to Latimore?
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