[2022] Trial Sharks v Panthers - Game Day Thread


Game Day Information

:rugby_football: Match Cronulla Sutherland Sharks v Penrith Panthers
:stadium: Venue Commbank Stadium, Parramatta NSW
:clock10: Time Sunday 20th February 2022 4:00pm
:tickets: Tickets Tickets via Ticketek
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather :sun_behind_small_cloud: Partly Cloudy 22°C (20% Chance of Rain :cloud_with_rain:)
:tv: Broadcast :tv: Fox League (Channel 502) [LIVE]
:desktop_computer: NRL Live Pass [LIVE]
:kayo: Kayo Sports [LIVE]

:rugby_football: Telstra Premiership | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 34 Tries Niwhai Puru (2), Kurt Falls, Mavrik Geyer, Logan Cohen, Robert Jennings.
Goals Kurt Falls (5/6)
Cronulla Sharks 6 Tries Thomas Hazelton.
Goals Braydon Trindall (1/1)

Postgame Information





Penrith Panthers Cronulla Sharks
Charlie Staines 1 Fullback 1 Kade Dykes
Sunia Turuva 2 Wing 2 Sam Stonestreet
Izack Tago 3 Centre 3 Jenson Taumoepea
Robert Jennings 4 Centre 4 Kayal Iro
Tom Jenkins 5 Wing 5 Jonaiah Lualua
Kurt Falls 6 Five-Eighth 6 Braydon Trindall
Sean O’Sullivan 7 Halfback 7 Ryan Rivett
Eddie Blacker 8 Forward 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
Mitch Kenny 9 Hooker 9 Jayden Berrell
Matt Eisenhuth 10 Forward 10 Royce Hunt
Jaeman Salmon 11 Second Row 11 Siosifa Talakai
Chris Smith 12 Second Row 12 Teig Wilton
J’Maine Hopgood 13 Lock 13 Jesse Colqhoun
Mavrik Geyer 14 Interchange 14 Zac Cini
Lindsay Smith 15 Interchange 15 Jack Martin
Liam Henry 16 Interchange 16 Franklin Pele
Hohepa Puru 17 Interchange 17 Jordan Samrani
Niwhai Puru 18 Reserve 18 Rhys Davies
Logan Dickson 19 Reserve 19 Zac Woolford
Matt Stimson 20 Reserve 20 Charbel Tasipale
William Fakatouimafi 21 Reserve 21 Reubenn Rennie
Alec Susino 22 Reserve 22 Angus Ernst
Brad Fearnley 23 Reserve 24 Tom Hazelton
Reserve 25 Josh Finau
HC Ivan Cleary Coach HC Craig Fitzgibbon

:mega: Team Lists are now updated.

and Cleary ‘still ‘ recovering from shoulder surgery, hmmm.

Least it gives us the opportunity to evaluate backup.

To be honest, I hope that Kurt, and Sean, gets some first grade games, with Nathan, and Jerome. This will help them when they cover them during the origin series.

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It’s sure going to be interesting to see how they go - a mix of players looking to justify their likely selection in round 1 (Staines, Tago, Eisenhuth, Kenny), some pushing for selection as alternatives or for bench spots (Jennings, Blacker, Salmon, Smith x2, Hopgood). Some as backups getting experience with the big boys (Jenkins, Falls, O’Sullivan), and rest the young ones hoping to become household names over the next few years.

Hoping Chris Smith goes as good has his team photo looks - he looks primed and pumped, quite the contrast from when he was last with us.

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Good looking side, plenty of talent. Hope for a big game from Eddie Blacker, it’d be great to have another candidate in the prop rotation. Eisenhuth is honest, but he wouldn’t make my top 17.

Also interested to see Salmon in the back row. Has he bulked up in the off season?

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I do know it’s only our first trial, and a mostly reggies and Flegg side at that, but gee I’m counting down the hours in anticipation of seeing my beloved panthers play footy again.


No need to fear Kikau leaving next year after that 15 minutes performance of Geyer.

Kenny, Staines and Tago all show ready for round 1.

O’Sullivan will be an able replacement when required in the halves.

Hopgood playing well, should be in line for a bench spot.

Jennings a bit hot and cold as usual.

Hard to gauge the other forwards, except that Eisenhuth seems a bit off the pace.

We have a new MG ! :sunglasses:

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And thank god it’s not Rodney O :rofl:

Good hit out from our young blokes. I’m sure we will see a few of them through the year.


Gee, Geyer’s try & his break for Puru’s try rolled back the years! He looked & moved like the spitting image of his Dad. Just hope he’s less of a loose cannon! (He couldn’t be any more of one!)

O’Sullivan looks like a good pick-up & I thought Falls did well, too. Good goal kicker. Didn’t see much of Blacker, but Staines seemed to run the ball out harder than last year & he’s put on a bit of muscle.

Don’t think there were any injuries, so lots of good things to take out of it.


:mega: Final Score and Postgame Media updated.

I would almost be tempted to take Mav upon his offer and play him on the wing!

Gee we have a lot of talent coming through, those Paru twins sure look like dynamite!

Great hit up, and eagerly await being at the game next weekend

It would not surprise me if the Dolphins raids again.

Geez that Falls didn’t do much wrong. :sunglasses:

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NRL 2022: Cronulla Sharks, Penrith Panthers, pre-season trial, match report - Panthers

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I could not watch the game, unfortunately. Who played the full game? This will give indications who will be in the round one side. Thanks in advance.