[2018] R22 Titans v Panthers - Game Day Thread

Telstra Premiership          
:rugby_football: Match Gold Coast Titans v Penrith Panthers
:stadium: Venue Cbus Super Stadium, Robina QLD
:clock10: Time Saturday 11th August 2018 3:00pm
:tickets: Tickets Ticketek [Link]
:stadium: Gates Open Gates Open 11:30pm
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather :sun_behind_small_cloud: Mostly Sunny 25°C (30% Chance of Rain :cloud_with_rain:)
:tv: Broadcast :tv: Fox League (Channel 502) [LIVE]
:desktop_computer: NRL Live Pass [LIVE]
:radio: ABC Sydney 702AM [LIVE]
:radio: Triple M 104.9FM [LIVE]
:radio: 2GB Sydney 873AM [LIVE]
:spiral_notepad: Teams and Officials [Link]


Inturst Super Premiership          
:rugby_football: Match Penrith Panthers v Wyong Roos
:stadium: Venue Panthers Stadium, Penrith NSW
:clock10: Time Saturday 11th August 2018 1:00pm
:rugby_football: Other Matches JF Penrith Panthers v Sydney Roosters 10:45am
:tickets: Tickets At the gate.
:stadium: Gates Open Gates Open 10:30am
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather :sunny: Sunny 26°C (20% Chance of Rain :cloud_with_rain:)
:tv: Broadcast :tv: Channel 9 (FTA) [ISP ONLY]
:spiral_notepad: Teams and Officials [Link]


A week is a long time in Rugby League and this week is no exception. Anthony Grifin has been shown the door, and the team has a new direction under new interim head coach Cameron Ciraldo and interim assistant coach Peter Wallace.

The team named on Tuesday has not changed much from last week, the only real change being Regan Campbell-Gillard moved in to the starting squad, with Moses Leota moving back to the bench.

The last two appearances from the Panthers, while emerging victorious has left fens underwhelmed, and left some to question the teams premiership credentials. This match against the Titans should go someway to seeing where the Panthers are at with weeks to go before the finals campaign begins.

Telstra Premeriship           
Penrith Panthers 17 Tries Waqa Blake, Nathan Cleary, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Goals Nathan Cleary (2/3), FG Nathan Cleary (1/2)
Gold Coast Titans 16 Tries Ryan James, Phillip Sami, Anthony Don
Goals Ashley Taylor (1/2), Kane Elgey (1/1)


Intrust Super Premeriship
Penrith Panthers 36 Tries Caleb Aekins (2), Samuel Smith, Maika Sivo,
Shawn Blore, Siosifa Talakai
Goals Adam Keighran (6/6)
Wyong Roos 32 Tries Nat Butcher, Mitchell Cornish, Paul Momirovski,
Luke Sharpe, Matthew Ikuvalu
Goals Mitchell Cornish (6/7)


Jersey Flegg Cup             
Penrith Panthers 18 Tries Brian Too (2), Meni Luke
Goals Brendan Hands (3/3)
Sydney Roosters 14 Tries Asu Kepaoa, Egan Butcher, Freddy Lussick
Goals Adam Pompey 1/3)





this is a must win and must win well for me,
otherwise forget all the premiership hyperbole.
Forget the events of the past week and get on
with it. Let’s see what you’ve got Panthers !

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Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t this the former panthers reserve grade coach vs the former panthers u/20’s coach? Or was Ciraldo coaching flegg when Brennan was coaching Reggie’s?

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No, I think you’re right.

I hope the Titans play well, like they did against the Warriors - and I hope we make a statement by playing out of our skins and smashing them!

Well at least we are defending well.

But gee our ball control and completion is crap.

I know I have said it before, and sound like a broken record, but after watching the ISP game and this one there is daylight between Egan and Katoa. Hopefully May gets good game time.

Leota having another shocker, Andy Saunders played well in Reggies. Just sayin’

Come on panthers, control the ball and complete your sets and you’ve got this

Me thinks Hetherington is now a liability


Can I borrow the defribulator?

This is 2003 all over again


After changes upon changes things are more or less the same.

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Our defence was better this week, but we put ourselves under a lot of unnecessary pressure with stupid errors & penalties. We still look lost in attack for most of the game.

déjà vu all over again. Happy for the boys to win and for the fans - we need something positive after this past week.

One of these days we will put something close to 80mins together - maybe???

Hopefully no dramas this week - at least a Gould-free week would be nice.


Tough week. Have to give it to the boys for sticking in there.

Hetherington needs to sit in Reggie’s until he can go 3 games without a penalty against him.

Well one good thing - at least we play the last 10 minutes, unlike years past where we would only play the first 60.

Glass half full optimism I guess, you have to be being a panther fan

Wash and Repeat. Dress this win up any way you wish, but this was a poor performance. It may be understandable considering the week all of us (supporters included) have gone through but this looks less like a team storming into the final but rather a team desperately trying to hold on for dear life.

Just look at the stats. Sure, we got the two points in the end, but these stats don’t look like they belong a premiership winning team a few weeks out from the finals. had this been a semi final, we would have been buried in the first half and the hole left to fill would be so dark you wouldn’t be able to see the light from the top. Then the second half the opposition would put the sword through us.

Penrith Panthers Gold Coast Titans
Missed Tackles 42 41
Errors 17 14
Penalties Conceeded 13 10
Completion Rate 26/40 (65%) 30/42 (71%)

Like I said, maybe the drama from this week played a role, maybe not. Hopefully something better better can be mustered up against the Knights next week, It’s only going to get tougher from here, and if we keep serving that up, our luck is going to run out.

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“let’s see what you’ve got Panthers” - not much.

A really poor performance from a top 4 aspirant.

A one point win against average opposition hides
some significant issues we need to overcome to
be considered a real title contender. Let’s face it
our form has been questionable for months now.

Forget who the coach is or was, 'bout time the
players took some ownership of their premiership
challenge. A major disappointment in my book.

A top 8 finish acceptable to you forumites ???

I agree Puss. I was secretly hoping we lost if it would ram the message home to the team.

I’m just trying to look on the bright side of what was otherwise a woeful performance.

I couldn’t believe we got worse after half time, we just didn’t look like we wanted to be there.

To many errors, missed tackles and penalties. Very low completion rate.

Whare probably my mom, not sure who actually won it.

Agree with all the posters here, some changes obviously have to be made, but have we left it to late to try it or start go to what we have?

Replace Katoa with Egan
DWZ to fullback, Peachey to centre, Blake to wing
Kikau to play the second 20 of each half from the bench.
Hetherington back to reserve grade
Maloney given a week off, May to 5/8.

God knows who on the bench

It shows that our position on the ladder belies our form that we are even having this discussion at this stage of the year.

The dragons loose and we are in 4th.

Hard to believe, but at the very least we are getting the two points at the end.

A long way from our performance against the dragons earlier this year.


On the bright side. I thought Whare had a good game today, he was really strong in defense and attack I thought.

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Headlines from Gold Coast Bulletin tomorrow. Gold Coast police have issued a warrant for 17 men from Penrith area in regards to a robbery from a local football team.
And that sums up yesterday​:roll_eyes::roll_eyes: