[2023] R16 Cowboys v Panthers - Game Day Thread

R16 North Queensland Cowboys v Penrith Panthers

Game Day Information

:rugby_football: Match North Queensland Cowboys v Penrith Panthers
:stadium: Venue Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville QLD
:clock10: Time Friday 16th June 2023 8:00pm
:tickets: Tickets Tickets via Ticketmaster
:rugby_football: Other Matches NSWCUP Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers 17/6 12:00pm1
JFLEGG Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers 17/6 3:00pm1
:sun_behind_small_cloud: Weather :cloud: Partly Cloudy 21°C (:cloud_with_rain: Chance of Rain: 5% / :wind_face: Wind: E 14km/h)
:tv: Broadcast :tv: Channel 9 (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. NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup fixtures to be played Saturday at Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore NSW

:rugby_football: Telstra Premiership | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 23 Tries Izack Tago (2), Jaeman Salmon, Tom Jenkins.
Goals Jack Cogger (3/5) FG Jack Cogger (1)
North Queensland Cowboys 27 Tries Scott Drinkwater (2), Tom Dearden, Kulikefu Finefeuiaki, Kyle Feldt.
Goals Chad Townsend (3/4), Kyle Feldt (0/1) FG Chad Townsend (1)

:rugby_football: Knock On Effect NSW Cup | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 16 Tries Eddie Blacker (2), Daeon Amituanai
Goals Kurt Falls (2/3)
Canterbury Bulldogs 30 Tries Jordan Samrani, Joseph O’Neill, Eli Clark, Declan Casey, Bailey Hayward.
Goals Bailey Hayward (5/7)

:rugby_football: Jersey Flegg Cup | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 0 Tries
Canterbury Bulldogs 26 Tries Jonathan Sua (2), Sione Moala, Lajuan Vito, Danny Gabrael.
Goals Jonathan Sua (3/5)

Postgame Media







Telstra Premiership Knock on Effect NSW Cup Jersey Flegg Cup
:rugby_football: Cowboys v Panthers :rugby_football: Bulldogs v Panthers :rugby_football: Bulldogs v Panthers
:clock3: Friday 16/6 8:00pm :clock3: Saturday 17/6 3:00pm :clock3: Saturday 17/6 12:00pm
:stadium: QCB Stadium :stadium: Belmore Sports Ground :stadium: Belmore Sports Ground
1. Dylan Edwards © 1. Isaiah Iongi 1. Liam Ison
2. Sunia Turuva 2. Jesse Mclean 2. Tim Sielaff-Burns
3. Izack Tago 3. Harrison Hassett 3. Luke Philp
4. Tyrone Peachey 4. Sam Lane 4. Kristian-Li Mai
5. Tom Jenkins 5. Daeon Amituanai 5. Cody Lawson
6. Jaeman Salmon 6. Matt Stimson 6. Luke Hanson
7. Jack Cogger 7. Kurt Falls 7. Ryley Smith
16. Spencer Leniu :small_orange_diamond: 8. Eddie Blacker 8. Luron Patea
9. Mitch Kenny 9. Luke Sommerton 9. Billy Scott
10. James Fisher-Harris 10. Chris Smith 10. Peter Taateo
11. Scott Sorensen 11. Mav Geyer 11. Riley Wake
12. Zac Hosking 12. Zac Lipowicz 12. Jack Garrod
13. Matt Eisenhuth 13. John Faiumu 13. Billy Phillips
14. Soni Luke 14. Connor Mason 14. Fletcher Haycock
15. Lindsay Smith 15. John Sagaga 15. Ilai Tuia
19. Liam Henry :small_red_triangle: 16. Sunita Lotoaniu 16. Lleyton Finau
17. Luke Garner 17. Steve Tavita 17. Hudson Brown
18. Jack Cole 18. Tyreece Tonga
20. Mav Geyer
8. Moses Leota :warning:
21. Eddie Blacker :small_red_triangle_down:
22. Jesse Mclean :small_red_triangle_down:
HC Ivan Cleary HC Ben Harden HC Jono Rolfe
AC Peter Wallace
AC Ben Garnier

:small_red_triangle::small_red_triangle_down: Promoted/Relegated | :small_orange_diamond: Positional Change | :injured: Out due to injury
:warning: Moses Leota withdrawn from squad do to birth of his child.

Match Officials

Telstra Premiership K.O.E NSW Cup Jersey Flegg Cup
Referee Peter Gough Cameron Paddy Adam Sirianni
Sideline Official Phil Henderson Nick Beashel Nick Beashel
Liam Kennedy Mitchell Stone Mitchell Stone
Video Referee Gerard Sutton - -

Referee Success Rate

Referee Active Since 2023 Overall Pen. For Pen. Against Ratio
Peter Gough 2016 (1/1) 100% (8/12) 66.67% 60.5 62 0.98

All things considered it’s a reasonable looking side that should take home the two points.

Falls must have really dropped down the pecking order?

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I wonder if Hoskings on the bench is a ruse, and this may be Mav’s time for a debut?

Do not like this time of year. SOO has decimated both sides.

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Interesting question raised on Facebook:

Who will be kicking this week?

My guess would be Edwards, although Cogger would also be a possibility. Pretty sure Turuva did some kicking in the lower grades too.

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:mega: Team Lists and Match Officials have been updated.




Kickoff and line dropout would be Edward’s for certain.

Goal kicking I would suggest Edwards, Salmon, Cogger and our outside backs are all having a goal kicking shootout at training, my money at this stage would probably be Edwards, however wouldn’t be surprised if a good goal kicker is hidden away, even if it was Salmon or Tago.

The kind of player who practices in private basically for fun, knowing he has 3 good kickers in front of him.

So could be a surprise in store.

If he wasn’t playing origin, I reckon Yeo would have a high % kicking goals, although he’s too modest to put his hand up. I’m convinced Yeo can do anything is asked of him lol.

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Falls and Cole have done all the goal kicking this year in NSWcup, so no hints to be found there.

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We will score enough tries to allow Mutley to be our kicker :rofl:


Happy to do the job, if they want to pay for me to fly up there


I’ll hold your beer on the sideline for you while you kick :rofl:

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Moses out (baby birth), so Spencer to start & Henry promoted to bench.

Mutley, standby, you may need to make the trip :slight_smile:

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Leota will be a big loss, good luck to Henry though.

Still hoping Mav gets a bench spot at the expense of Garner. I think we will need a bit more spark in the side.

Despite what the bookmakers odds may say, I have us as underdogs for this one.

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Agreed. We are missing 7 players from our starting side. The players we have coming in will put up a good fight, and might even win, but it will not be as easy as the bookmakers have us.

Updated NRL Squad

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has updated his squad to face North Queensland Cowboys.

Moses Leota:small_red_triangle_down: will miss the clash due to the birth of his third child, with Spencer Leniu:small_orange_diamond: promoted to the starting side and Liam Henry:small_red_triangle: to the interchange.

The Panthers will wear the 2023 away kit for the Round 16 clash.

Didn’t get the call from Ivan. So I guess I won’t be kicking tonight. After my form at work today, that’s probably a good thing

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Good first half, a lot better than I was expecting, given the players we are missing. I have been particularly impressed with Salmon, who has really stepped up for us.

Not happy with our second half. Luckily we’ve forced it into extra time. Hopefully we can ice the game quickly.

We were our own worst enemy in the back end of the game. Put it down as a learning experience & move on to next week.

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