Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has updated his squad for Sunday afternoon’s match against the Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
Five players have dropped out of the squad, including co-captain Isaah Yeo, who will miss the match due to load management. NSW Blues followed protocols during and following Wednesday night’s State of Origin match, however Yeo, who has played every game this season, will be rested on Sunday afternoon due to work load.
In Yeo’s absence, Matt Eisenhuth has been promoted to start at lock, while Spencer Leniu has been added to the interchange.
Robert Jennings and Chris Smith remain on the extended bench for the Round 14 fixture.
Considering where the respective teams are placed on the ladder, i suspect this will not be an easy game for the Panthers
We will miss Yeo but i am a little concerned about Cleary. A concern i have shared before but moreso given his SOO game.
whether it was instructions, forwards not given him time or a combination of both…his game was poor and his kick game was terrible IMO It was one dimensional and not in anyway attacking.
We have a forward pack to give him time, but they cannot control between his ears.
If we see Cleary respond, we should get the lollies and do expect him to respond…these are the danger games given we are playing a team who are where they are on the ladder because of how they are playing.
Can Obrien get them up for this…i don’t think so.
This is a game for the “process” to be on display, Panthers going away IMO
Nice first half and both Cleary and Luai turned it up a notch and Cleary’s kicking game was on full display.
I hope the boys go on with this and we have been guilty in the past on being a little soft when we have a good lead, but we have set ourselves up to keep piling on points.
A couple of quick tries and Knights will be looking to get off and head to the bar.
Do we keep Cleary on late into he game and who plays 7 if he comes off for a reward?
I think we might leave both Cleary and Luai on until the end.
That was beyond awesome. Thought Knights were better than the scoreline suggested but panthers were awesome. Big shoutout to the officials, first time in living memory we didn’t have a disallowed try/tries.
I feel the problem with the halves at origin came down to poor delivery out from dummy half and the forwards not doing their job allowing their HB and FE to set a strong attacking line.
I fell maybe Cook needs to be tapped on the shoulder and make way for Api Koroisau at Hooker. The delivery needs to be much quicker.
On the game itself, it was amazing to see both Cleary and Laui back up with so much vigor, it really speaks to the fitness of those two Even when Edick Lee made that run down the side line, Cleary was the only man left in chase.
It was a big statement made, not only did it show how out of depth the Knights are (Ponga or not), but it just went to show how fit this team is and the class and control they have over the game. I don’t want to sound cocky, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we dont’ drop another game this regular season (barring injury).
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