[2023] R26 Panthers v Eels - Game Day Thread

R26 Panthers v Eels

Game Day Information

:rugby_football: Match Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels
:stadium: Venue Bluebet Stadium, Penrith NSW
:clock10: Time Thursday 24th August 2023 7:50pm
:tickets: Tickets Tickets via Ticketek
:rugby_football: Other Matches NSWCUP Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels 26/8 2:00pm
JFLEGG Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels 26/8 12:30pm
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather :full_moon: Clear 13°C (:cloud_with_rain: Chance of Rain: 5% / :wind_face: Wind: N 6km/h)
:tv: Broadcast :tv: Channel 9 (Channel 90 HD / 91 SD) [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]

:rugby_football: Telstra Premiership | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 18 Tries Tyrone Peachey, Nathan Cleary, Liam Martin, Tom Jenkins.
Goals Nathan Cleary (1/4)
Parramatta Eels 32 Tries Maika Sivo (4), Clinton Gutherson (2).
Goals Clinton Gutherson (4/5), Dylan Brown (0/1)

:rugby_football: Knock On Effect NSW Cup | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 24 Tries Daeon Amituanai (2), Samuel Lane, Isaiah Iongi, Jack Cole.
Goals Jack Cole (2/5)
Parramatta Eels 34 Tries Zac Cini (2), Lachlan Blackburn, Brendan Hands, Arthur Miller-Stephen, Makahesi Makatoa.
Goals Jordan Rankin (5/6)

:rugby_football: Jersey Flegg Cup | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 14 Tries Joseph Nohra, Riley Wake, Timothy Sielaff-Burns.
Goals Timothy Sielaff-Burns (1/3)
Parramatta Eels 26 Tries Ethyn Martin (2), Ethan Sanders (2), William Latu.
Goals Ethan Sanders (3/5)

Postgame Media







Telstra Premiership Knock on Effect NSW Cup Jersey Flegg Cup
:rugby_football: Panthers v Eels :rugby_football: Panthers v Eels :rugby_football: Panthers v Eels
:clock3: Thursday 24/8 7:50pm :clock3: Saturday 26/8 2:00pm :clock3: Saturday 26/8 12:30pm
:stadium: Bluebet Stadium :stadium: Bluebet Stadium :stadium: Bluebet Stadium
20. Jesse Mclean :small_red_triangle: 1. Isaiah Iongi 1. Liam Ison
21. Tom Jenkins :small_red_triangle: 2. Tom Jenkins :small_red_triangle_down: 2. Tim Sielaff-Burns
3. Tyrone Peachey 3. Sam Lane 3. Angelis Hotere-Papalii
4. Stephen Crichton 4. Jesse Mclean 4. Kristian-Li Mai
5. Brian To’o 5. Daeon Amituanai 5. Cody Lawson
6. Jarome Luai 6. Jack Cole 6. Luke Hanson
7. Nathan Cleary © 7. Jack Cogger 7. Joseph Nohra
8. Moses Leota 8. Eddie Blacker 8. Sunita Lotoaniu
9. Jack Cogger 9. Luke Sommerton :small_red_triangle: 9. Billy Scott
10. James Fisher-Harris 10. Liam Henry 10. Peter Taateo
11. Zac Hosking 11. Mavrik Geyer 11. Harrison Hassett
12. Liam Martin 12. Jaeman Salmon :small_red_triangle: 12. Aston Warwick
13. Isaah Yeo © 13. Matt Eisenhuth :small_red_triangle: 13. Zac Lipowicz
14. Soni Luke 14. Kurt Falls 14. Ryley Smith
15. Lindsay Smith 15. Ativalu Lisati 15. Luron Patea
16. Spencer Leniu 16. Preston Riki 16. Billy Phillips
17. Luke Garner 17. Chris Smith 17. Riley Wake
18. Jaeman Salmon 18. John Faiumu 18. Ilai Tuia
19. Luke Sommerton 19. Bayden Moran
1. Dylan Edwards :small_red_triangle_down: 20. Adam Runchel
2. Sunia Turuva :small_red_triangle_down:
22. Matt Eisenhuth :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 | :small_blue_diamond: Rested due to Origin

Match Officials

Telstra Premiership K.O.E NSW Cup Jersey Flegg Cup
Referee Ben Cummins Kieren Irons Micheal Ford
Sideline Official Chris Sutton Luke Heckendorf Benjamin Seppala
Liam Kennedy Charlie Suters Robert Morey
Video Referee Chris Butler - -

Referee Success Rate

Referee Active Since 2023 Overall Pen. For Pen. Against Ratio
Ben Cummins 2006 (1/1) 100% (23/1/30) 43.52% 212 215.5 0.98

I wonder who we will rest this game?

I suspect Turuva, and maybe Smith, with Edwards resting last game against the cowboys.

I don’t think the boys will let the Eels have an easy one this week.

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




There hasn’t been any real update on Tago, Sorro or Kenny… I hope it’s not a sign of more serious issues.

Find it interesting that Salmon is back to reserves again… I guess we only have to wait until tomorrow to get more insight into what coach Cleary has in mind!

Is it just me, or is Soni trying to do less razzle dazzle/hail mary’s with the increase in gametime?

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I have been wondering the same, 3 weeks now for what we thought were minor boggles or simply resting.

I also notice no injury updates on the club website since round 15.

Obviously playing their cards very close to their chest leading into the finals (after all who knew in ‘21 Edwards was playing on a broken leg), however as a fan it can get rather frustrating.

At least we are not self imploding like Souths are :rofl:, then again we have been there and done that in 2018 :rofl:



Article suggests okay for finals, but I can’t help but think there’s an element of hope in there.

I too thought that Soni was doing too many party tricks. I would hazard a guess that, knowing he only had x minutes, he was trying to impress. I think with the added minutes, the pressure to make an impression has eased, which is a good thing. All he needs to do is improve his defense and he will then get better with experience.


The old spellcheck gremlin strikes again!

The mind injures who the autocorrect works :rofl:

Updated NRL Teamlist: Round 26

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has updated his squad to face Parramatta Eels at BlueBet Stadium.

Jesse McLean will become Panther No. 618 after being named to make his NRL debut as cover for Dylan Edwards.

Tom Jenkins will start on the wing in place of Sunia Turuva, while Liam Martin will play his 100th NRL game.

The Panthers will wear the 2023 home kit for the Round 26 clash.

LOL. I didn’t even notice. I was referring to these being referred to as injuries. They don’t have specifics and there are no updates or any source of where these may have happened.

Nice way to rest players and play some mind games with the media as well. :rofl:

Beware the injured eel. They do have a tendency to lift when playing the panthers.

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Do you think they would be resting multiple weeks though if not injured?

My gosh, the difference between Crichton and Edwards in defence is huge.


Very ordinary tonight. Hopefully it is a huge wake up call for us.


Critta just doesn’t excite me as fullback., Hopefully that’s our bad game out of the way for the year.


There is so much more effort from Dyl in defence. He’s so often sprinting across the field to try and get to the tackle. Lots of jogging across tonight.

A few misreads in direction from scrum as well.

Let’s hope Kenny, Sorro and Tago are back on deck soon. Luai looks gone for the year.


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

I think so. Kenny and Sorensen have had some heavy workloads this year. Saw Kenny sitting in the stands at the game and looked fit as a fiddle, if anything, he looked pissed that he wasn’t out there.