i see Whare is named on an extended bench but pleased to see Cleary stick solid with the team who have been getting it done save for NC who is out injured
This game throws up a whole different set of challenges as this Warriors team can be awful or brilliant with nothing in between and if they turn up will be hard to hold out but we do have some quality in our side and i think we will prevail.
its a given nearly the worst refereeing effort in a long long time and the clown who called a “professional” foul on Luai should go to OPSM tomorrow and be dropped to park footy…nearly as big as howler as the Knights player being sin binned last night
But we got the lollies and don’t know how we did.
Why can’t or isn’t Luai taking on the line…what is it with this skipping across field???
The kid has speed to burn off the mark and today he had lazy and tired forwards he could have exposed…Malony was trying to do it and almost did and he doesn’t have the speed of Luai.
God knows what Cleary is coaching these blokes to do but Naden and Edwards were standouts and please PLEASE take the captaincy off Tamou…its clearly affecting his ability to do 2 things at once
But someday just someday this team will stop giving soft penalties away and just maybe we can actually start looking like a real NRL team
Warriors should have won that game easily considering the ref calls/penalties but somehow we fashioned a win.
Kiaku looks like he is not 100%…and hope Naden pulls up ok as he looked hurt as well.
We are getting the wins but gees not a single game has been through brilliant execution of set plays etc…its just been on hunger
Be nice if they could actually combine execution with our hunger
I’m still processing what exactly I saw on Sunday.
I thought the Panthers came out of the blocks really well, they kept the Warriors starting their sets deep in their territory and they we commanding the field position.
Then the Warriors capitalized on some penalties and got over the line. I figured that was an anomaly and the Panthers would get back to their feet.
Then Martin got sent off, Malony swears blind that he wasn’t warned about the penalties to which Sutton replies “I don’t have to warn you” which is certainly a break from the norm in 2019.
Things started to get real weird when Luai was sin binned for something that on evidence presented never happened, the Warriors were then gifted a try that wasn’t a try.
I was getting a bit dejected. It was looking like this game was slipping away, down to 11 players and they looked tired. At this point I couldn’t blame them for giving up. The referee had made it clear that it wasn’t Penrith’s day and a loss was most likely to follow.
Somebody didn’t communicate this to the boys on the field. Through guts and determination they got back to the job and put the squeeze on the Warriors who were content with holding onto their slim lead (kicking the ball into touch with 20 minutes to go and 4 points up is a bad idea and a real white flag moment).
A lesser team would have given up, but this team rallied and pulled a win from the jaws of defeat. If this is the attitude the team plays with then they will go far.
I said earlier in the year I would wait till mid season on my opinion on weather the Panthers season was over, my friends, this season is very much still alive.
I thought the Warriors were afforded too much latitude in getting off the tackled player in the first 15-20 mins. Soon as Penrith decided to follow suit
they were pinged for it. If the refs are going to lay down the law to establish
some discipline it’s gotta be a 2-way street. There is also a huge discrepancy in terms of quality between ref 1 & 2. If they’ve got VAR why do they need 2 ref’s?
Some observations –
When Annesley comes clean with the NRL mea culpa today, did you notice how he not only started with the Liam Martin 90 seconds issue, but he gave it so much airtime? It was as if he was making a point that Penrith also benefited from the match official errors, despite that 90 seconds being insignificant when compared to the other three blunders.
Penrith showed extraordinary guts in digging in for the win. But if we hadn’t won, the apology would have been worthless. The same happened a year of two ago at Penrith Park when the East Rorters grabbed a victory on the death via a forward pass, a pass that was so far forward that, again, the NRL apologised. Of course, the 2 points stayed with the Rorters.
We are walked over repeatedly, with no repercussions. It has been ever thus. Ivan is too nice a person to make a song-and-dance about it, but how long can he remain timid. The big end of town, the privileged, clearly expect us to suck it up, to just lie back on think of England while we are being royally screwed.
And wasn’t there a decision earlier in the season to award a no-try to Penrith (was it Egan from dummy half) that was accorded by the TV commentators as a candidate for the worst decision of the year?
Another topic is the short kick-off. Is there any side in the NRL who are worse than Penrith at defending a short kick? You can almost hear the crowd at Penrith Park calling out to watch for the short kick. Yet when it comes Penrith seem totally unprepared. Why wouldn’t you put your tall jumpers, with support, in the short kick zone, at such a crucial? This seems to have been de rigeur for decades, and we never learn. Go figure.
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