Let’s hope that they don’t go into this game thinking it is already won. That may be the reason for some of the close games this season. It would not be good to be the team to hand the tigers their first win of the season.
Agreed, HillsPanther. Wests are desperate, and desperate teams throw caution to the wind sometimes. Souths did it in both our games this year, and in the second game it paid off. Sometimes, of course, things can come unstuck, turning over the ball and leading to a scoring blowout. I remain nervous.
The Tigers are a bit of an enigma. Apart from when they got smashed by the Broncos, they have been close in every game. Sooner or later they will break through & start winning. With Api leading the team, they will also have some inside knowledge about how we play the game.
Our last minute loss last week will have us stinging, so I’m expecting us to come out firing. Most will be expecting us to win this easily. I just hope we don’t get ahead of ourselves.
Agree with all we need to be very prepared for this game and not take any team for granted.
While I half laughed watching the tigers defense earlier this year (and last), the last couple of games they have been quite solid.
I’m not sold on Peachey in the centres, would of fathered Jenkins or even Mav, but I guess the coach knows more than I do.
Was good to see some media about Crighton acknowledging his defensive lapses. Hopefully he watches the videos and realises that rushing up as a centre is a low percentage play. You simply must make the tackle before the player passes the ball. Miss or arrive late and you have left a gaping hole in the line. Something he tended to get away with as a winger, but sometimes one needs to just keep the media and attitude out of year head - you can’t score a match winning intercept ever time you play Souths (or any other team for that matter).
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He has played just over the quarter of his NRL games as a stating Centre, most of them under the coaching of Ivan.
I’m sure he will rise to the occasion and deliver.
If Cleary is ruled out I would move Luai to 7, Salmon to 6 and move Cogger to the bench.
Salmon to start for continuity. Once the game has settled down a bit, move Salmon to the second row and bring in Cogger once the Tigers defence starts to tire in the first half.
A left field idea, but how about Soni Luke to start in the halves? He played there a bit in the juniors.
Then move Salmon to centre, with Peachey as our bench hooker.
It looks like it’ll be more than a bit wet tomorrow in Bathurst. Ball security should be a major concern; hopefully, Wests makes more mistakes than we do. The weather makes game a bit of a lottery, perhaps.
Sydney Morning Herald reporting Spencer is out, with Liam Henry to make his debut from the bench
Confirmed - Liam Henry to make his debut in place of Spencer.
Hope we don’t take anything for granted, and turn in a good performance for the Bathurst faithful. Go Panthers!
Sorry for doubting you Peach - your playing well in both attack and defence.
We need to pull our head in and play wet weather football. Too much fancy play in these conditions.
Why wasn’t Naden sent off?
The fox commentators are given me the shits.
Well, that was a rubbish first half. As expected ball handling and attention to detail were critical and Penrith was crap on both counts. At one stage the handling errors were 10-1 against us, and the 6-agains were 4-0. Every week the players solemnly talk about how they’ll address those aspects at training. What do they do at training - sink a few beers around the barbie and have a chuckle? I have ceased to believe that kind of talk; they aren’t serious.
I had a bad feeing about this game, and unfortunately proved correct. For the most part we were ordinary. Credit to the Tigers, they played smart & frustrated us.
We simply didn’t play to the conditions, respect the ball nor the opposition
It doesn’t matter who you play, if you get those things wrong you will will loose 9/10 times.
Either the coach didn’t give the right message, or the team ignored the coach.
Do you still feel that way? A lot of sideways running and costly errors. Peach should be the backup for Salmon and remain in Regs.
Yes the team has lost a couple of stars, but I don’t think it’s a valid excuse with the players coming through.
Discipline and handling errors are costing us every week. There is zero chance of a three-peat unless that can improve.
If Soni Luke’s binning was a genuine hip drop, then the rule seems broken.