[2022] R6 Panthers v Broncos - Game Day Thread

R6 Penrith Panthers v Brisbane Broncos

Game Day Information

:rugby_football: Match Penrith Panthers v Brisbane Broncos
:stadium: Venue Bluebet Stadium, Penrith NSW
:clock10: Time Friday 15th April 2022 7:55pm
:tickets: Tickets Tickets via Ticketek
:rugby_football: Other Matches NSWCUP Mount Pritchard Mounties v Penrith Panthers 16/4 3:00pm1
JFLEGG Victoria Thunderbolts v Penrith Panthers 16/4 3:00pm2
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather :sun_behind_large_cloud: Mostly Cloudy 18°C (12% Chance of Rain :cloud_with_rain:)
:tv: Broadcast :tv: Channel Nine (FTA) [LIVE]
:tv: Fox League (Channel 502) [LIVE]
:desktop_computer: NRL Live Pass [LIVE]
:kayo: Kayo Sports [LIVE]
:radio: ABC Sydney 702AM [LIVE]
:radio: 2GB Sydney 873AM [LIVE]
:radio: MMM Sydney 104.9FM [LIVE]

1. K.O.E NSW Cup fixture to be played at Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore NSW.
2. Jersey Flegg Cup fixture to be played at Gosch’s Paddock, Melbourne VIC.

:rugby_football: Telstra Premiership| Full Time

Penrith Panthers 40 Tries Jarome Luai, Scott Sorensen, Charlie Staines, Taylan May, Liam Martin, Spencer Leniu, Izack Tago.
Goals Nathan Cleary (6/7)
Brisbane Broncos 12 Tries Tesi Niu, Kotoni Staggs.
Goals Adam Reynolds (2/2)

:rugby_football: Knock On Effect NSW Cup| Full Time

Penrith Panthers 42 Tries Eddie Blacker, Matt Stimson, Lindsay Smith, Mavrik Geyer, Sunia Turuva, Christian Crichton, J’maine Hopgood.
Goals Kurt Falls (7/7)
Mount Pritchard Mounties 16 Tries Coby Thomas, Semisi Kioa, Jarrett Subloo.
Goals Jarrett Subloo (2/3)

:rugby_football: Jersey Flegg Cup| Full Time

Penrith Panthers 46 Tries Hanna-Jonathan El-Nchar (3), William Fakatoumafi (2), Bradley Fearnley, Jack Cole, Ativalu Lisati.
Goals Niwhai Puru (7/8)
Victoria Thunderbolts 20 Tries Sualauvi Faalogo (2), Ron Tooala, Ammaron Gudgeon.
Goals Jonah Pezet (2/4)

:trophy: Dally M Points

Pts Player Team
:1st_place_medal: 3pts Nathan Cleary Penrith Panthers
:2nd_place_medal: 2pts Api Koroisau Penrith Panthers
:3rd_place_medal: 1pts Liam Martin Penrith Panthers

Judge: Andrew Johns

Postgame Media









Telstra Premiership Knock On Effect NSW Cup NSW Jersey Flegg
:rugby_football: Broncos v Panthers :rugby_football: Mounties v Panthers :rugby_football: Thunderbolts v Panthers
:clock3: Friday 15/4 7:55pm :clock3: Saturday 16/4 3:00pm :clock3: Saturday 16/4 3:00pm
:stadium: Bluebet Stadium :stadium: Belmore Sports Ground :stadium: Gosch’s Paddock
1. Dylan Edwards 1. Sunia Turuva 1. Isaiah Iongi
2. Charlie Staines 2. Christian Crichton :small_red_triangle: 2. Daeon Amituanai
3. Izack Tago 3. Robert Jennings 3. William Fakatoumafi
4. Stephen Crichton 4. Matt Stimson 4. Kristian-Li Mai
5. Taylan May 5. Thomas Jenkins 5. Cody Lawson
6. Jarome Luai 6. Sean O’Sullivan :small_red_triangle: 6. Jack Cole
7. Nathan Cleary © 7. Kurt Falls 7. Niwhai Puru
8. Matt Eisenhuth 8. Eddie Blacker 8. Daniel Sykes
9. Apisai Koroisau 9. Soni Luke :small_red_triangle: 9. Connor Mason
10. James Fisher-Harris 10. Lindsay Smith :small_red_triangle: 10. Brad Fearnley
11. Viliame Kikau 11. Preston Riki 11. Ativalu Lisati
12. Liam Martin 12. Chris Smith :small_red_triangle: 12. Jack Garrod
13. Isaah Yeo © 13. J’Maine Hopgood :small_red_triangle: 16. Hanna El-Nachar :small_red_triangle:
14. Mitch Kenny 14. Jarrod Brackenhoffer 14. Braith Alexander
15. Scott Sorensen 16. John Faiumu 15. Zac Lipowicz
16. Spencer Leniu 17. Mavrik Geyer 17. Elone Taufa
17. Jaeman Salmon 19. Joe Vaegaau :small_red_triangle: 21. Addison Williams :small_red_triangle:
18. Robert Jennings 18. Addison Williams :small_red_triangle_down: 20. Bailey Nouredine
19. Chris Smith :small_red_triangle_down: 15. Liam Henry :small_red_triangle_down: 19. Tyreece Tonga :small_red_triangle_down:
20. J’Maine Hopgood :small_red_triangle_down: 13. Hohepa Puru :small_red_triangle_down:
21. Lindsay Smith :small_red_triangle_down:
22. Soni Luke :small_red_triangle_down:
23. Christian Crichton :small_red_triangle_down:
24. Sean O’Sullivan :small_red_triangle_down:
HC Ivan Cleary HC Peter Wallace HC Jono Rolfe
AC Andrew Webster AC Kevin Kingston
AC Cameron Ciraldo

Match Officials

Telstra Premiership K.O.E NSW Cup Jersey Flegg Cup
Referee Adam Gee Martin Jones Matt Hicks
Sideline Official Chris Sutton Mitchell Currie Mohammad Hussaini
Darian Furner Daniel Luttringer Kyle Grady
Video Referee Ashley Klein - -

Referee Success Rate

Referee Active Since 2022 Overall Pen. For Pen. Against Ratio
Adam Gee 2011 (1/1) 100% (13/23) 56.52% 105.5 99.5 1.06

:mega: Team Lists and Match Officials have been updated




Broncos have shown erratic form and have had a real go in some games yet in others have dropped away and as we know consistency at this level is often sought but only achieved by a few.

This game should be no different where the opposition throw everything at us and we will need to on our game to secure the win.

My only hope is Cleary (the coach) may have had a quiet chat to Luai and ask him to focus on the game. Sure niggle plays part of the modern game but i feel Luai just maybe overstepping.

He can be a more devastating payer when our forwards create options on both sides where Luai and Cleary can unleash their skills sets.

No weather excuses and we will have a fabulous home crowd to encourage our boys on to a win.

I am keen to see our complete focus for 80 minutes as we have been pulling teams apart and then falling down in executing, almost like we lose focus.

Panthers to win and the result will depend on largely what Broncos side turns up with regards to effort and how we focus.

A very interesting clash

Updated Teamlist

No changes to the on field squad. Robert Jennings and Chris Smith remain on the extended bench with the rest omitted lining up for NSW Cup this week.

well we know what Broncos side turned up in the first half, question has been put to us and its now for us to respond.

Nice try to Sorenson and might show the way for our attack in the 2nd half…if they want to rush up and close off our attack out wide, creates opportunities for players running at angles.

Its a real contest, could be 12 all if their FB didn’t tear his hamstring.

nice win boys but has me beat how the ref puts Cleary on report for a tackle and Luai has his hair pulled and everyone missed it.

looks like we are targets for dirty play and the refs are turning a blind eye to it

Comfort from that win was we were still clunky

Enjoy boys


It seems strange to say that our attack looked off when we’ve scored 40!!! We seemed to do better from individual efforts than set plays tonight. Probably shows the gulf between us & the opposition.

That said, it’s another win, let’s enjoy it.

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Amazing how so many poorly playing teams lift when they come up against the Panthers. St George, Bulldogs, Broncos. Souths had been playing poorly until they played Panthers. And Knights have playing poorly since playing Panthers. Everyone puts more effort in trying to knock over the premiers, rather than play a consistent season.


In other news…

I was talking to my cousin who is a few months older than me & probably the relative I’m closest to yesterday.

All these years I thought I knew him, but yesterday he came out of the closet. For over 40 years I could have sworn I knew him better than almost anyone.

I always thought he was a die hard Manly supporter.

I don’t know how I will live with the shame of being related to a Broncos supporter!!!



:mega: Panther Pride Man of the Match voting is now open here.

Good strong win. 40 points bagged make us hard to beat in anyone’s book.
Sorenson has a step ??? nice.
For the playbook, 10 metres out give it to Spencer !!!
Our left side conceded on 2 kick and chase, need to brush up on defending same.

Don’t you just love a ‘good Friday’ ? :sunglasses:


It could be worse - he could support the Eels.
Regardless of this I think you should seek counselling.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Broncos certainly ran out of the blocks ready to fire, tested our left edge repeatedly. Besides Staggs showing up Tago and May, our weekends in the first half was pushing the pass and being impatient.

Second half was completely different as the score shows.

Sorensen close to best on field. His determination for that try was a sight to behold as he was running towards me. High run metres for the game too.

Staines had one of his best games for us in my opinion. Topped the run metres, and flawless in defense. Great work for his try. Getting better and better each week and becoming a well rounded footballer.

Martin had a great game - that cut-out pass to Staines was magic. Terrorised Reynolds with his defense all night.

It wasn’t lost on me that Staines’s try occurred when Critta went back to fullback. I am starting to get the impression that Critta is not as good a centre as he thinks he is. Number of times in attack this year he holds the ball instead of passing early to Staines.

Another big crowd - Hill was at or above capacity yet still a fair few vacant seats in the stands. Brings up issues with the new stadium of how many seats to allocate for GA vs members, and also how to re-allocate members seats.

The security went one better this week - didn’t just break up the beer snake, but evicted the guys who built it, then a family who supplied them with cups. Such a danger to the crowd (sarcasm intended).

All in all another great night. 20 wins in a row at home! It’s hard to see us loosing at home this season.

Bring on us clapping the raiders fans again!

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I have to give credit where credit is due. I thought the Broncos played pretty well last night for the most of it. Reynolds kicking game kept the Panthers kick returns rater short for a bulk of the first half. Some enterprising play caught the Panthers off guard and got on the board early. The were looking the good until Sorenson parted the Red Sea with a clever step and go, leaving the defence in his wake. Going into the shed 12-6 down would have hurt the Broncos just a little bit, as they may have been the better side.

The second half was all Penrith. They regrouped from the early pressure from Brisbane and made them pay. The Broncos were getting hit from all over the park, the defensive line had no time to rest as it was continually getting tested by Yeo, Cleary and Luai.

Sorenson would have to be my Man of the Match, it would truely be the best game of his career. His stats were phenomenal, his attack was sharp with a game topping 2 line breaks, 5 tackle busts, and 223 running metres (with 65 PCM). Need I remind you all he only played 36 minutes.

Edwards got tested a lot last night, and he delivered. Sadly he struggled to get back into the game after the Sin Binning (terrible call). The trainers tried to get his legs warmed back up, but he still seemed to be having hamstring tightness and cramping. It was a good call to take him off for the rest of the game. The game was in the bag, and it wasn’t worth risking.

I would echo the comments @SouthernHillFan has made regarding Martin and Staines, amazing effort. I don’t think there was a player out there that I was unhappy with their performance.

Though I would also like to mention Eisenhuth. That man has taken the opportunity to start with both hands and delivered, his intensity and metres this season have been excellent. With Leota returning in a few weeks and having Eisenhuth and Sorenson on the bench, our forwards will be one of the most lethal in the league.

I finally got to snare a pie this time around… I had to trek all the way over to the Eastern Grandstand Canteen from the Western Terrace, but got my Pie and Beer, making by way back around via the southern hill, it becomes obvious that we need to upgrade our stadium (as sad as it will be seeing the old one go) it was like squeezing your way through a torrent of people. The facility is in dire need of an upgrade.


its interesting how we see Critter for cramping Staines and i actually see Villi with the same issue.

perhaps its more a flow on from our forwards not bending the other side back and as such Critter and Villi have less room…just a thought

another thought could be, we simply have too many options and at times we over complicate things and we need to simplify our attack

Cleary also has been doing some odd things in attack and quite a few times tried to break lines but got swamped, which is many ways in understandable but i sense he may have just lost a little pace off the mark.

That being said we have a bigger conundrum in how to fit Leot and Too in the run on squad and on form would be hard to fit either into the team…superb dilemna but is one for IC to deal with.

especially difficult given the form of Lenui, Sorenson, May and Salmon who has been super reliable in his cameo run ons.

Its a great problem considering we are winning and at times easily and points to areas of improvement which can only be more concerning for the opposition.

maybe, just maybe we are at or on the threshold of the great cultural change at Panthers where “exceptional” performances become the normal.

Now that is worth salivating over.


20 wins at Penrith in a row. After we beat the sharks at home in 2019, who would have thought we would continue winning there for at least the next 19 games. From what i understand, the only teams with a better record are those insane Dragons teams that were impossible to beat.

While the early season injuries suck, it’s good to get game time for players like eisenhuth, May, SOS, Salmon etc. We will definitely need them during Origin time.

I’m so looking forward to the viking Panther Clap on Sunday!!




Hi Steamboat,
with the emergence of May & Tago on the left I reckon Villi has improved on last year position wise. Maybe he can’t keep up with the young’uns. I reckon some of our issues are with the playmakers Cleary/Luai. We lack variation. Most of our play is right to left. It’s left to Yeo to straighten by drifting back across to link with Liam Martin who’s running right to left. Pretty scary to think with a Tweak here and there, we can get better. :sunglasses:

Nb does Koroisou venture right or blind side ?

I don’t get why security need to do this. It’s a bit of harmless fun.

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