I share everyones enthusiasm but caution the mood.
Bunnies will be out there to win as hard as we will be and Bennet will have them in the right head space for the game notwithstanding they will be without Latrell and his not playing shouldn’t be a distraction for us because they still are a potent team in attack.
I fully expect 2 things from the game and one we have already faced.
Bennet will have them explode out of the blocks with an attempt to put a quick 12 or 18 points on us because we have been poor starters and he will target this.
The other area he will focus on is the niggle or call it for what it is, illegal play
This will be giving 6 again at almost every opportunity to try and break our offensive rhythm and there will be players heavily targeted with traffic running at them and high bombs which Too will have to face all game.
From our side i see it quite simply, hold their forwards and close Walker/Reynolds down. Walker is a momentum player, if he is given room and time he can be lethal and only grows if he has both, Reynolds is also a player who likes to control.
To nullify their time and space we need to belt their forwards up and hurt them in defence and offence.
The blueprint to this is what we did to them in the 2nd half of our last meeting but its the 1st half we need to control this game.
We need to bring our 2nd half effort from the kick off…if the Bunnies get out to 18 lead they will be very hard to run down.
If Bennet throws Marshall into the game early he will see it slipping away from his team…watch for his injection and when.
There is enormous pressure on both sides, even though you get another crack, its the week off which is the prize.
I expect Panthers to win
In the other games i expect
Manly will beat Storm
Titans will beat Roosters and Newcastle to beat Eels
Go the Panthers!!!