R13 Panthers v Dragons - Game Day Thread

R13 Panthers v Dragons

Game Day Information

:rugby_football: Match Penrith Panthers v St. George Illawarra Dragons
:stadium: Venue BlueBet Stadium, Penrith NSW
:clock10: Time Saturday, June 1 5:30pm
:tickets: Tickets Tickets via Ticketek
:rugby_football: Other Matches NSWCUP Penrith Panthers v St George Illawarra Dragons 1/6 3:15pm
JFLEGG Penrith Panthers v St George Illawarra Dragons 1/6 1:20pm
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather :cloud_with_rain: Rain 16°C (:cloud_with_rain: Chance of Rain: 80% / :wind_face: Wind: S 14km/h)
:tv: Broadcast :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

40px Penrith Panthers 10 Tries Paul Alamoti, Jesse McLean.
Goals Paul Alamoti (1/2)
40px St George Illawarra Dragons 22 Tries Toby Couchman, Tyrell Sloan, Mathew Feagai, Raymond Faitala-Mariner.
Goals Kyle Flanagan (3/4)

:rugby_football: Knock On Effect NSW Cup | Full Time

40px Penrith Panthers 10 Tries Jordan Grant, Harrison Hassett.
Goals Zack Lamont (1/2
40px St George Illawarra Dragons 26 Tries Joshua Coric, Mikaele Ravalawa, Christian Tuipulotu, Tom Freebairn, Jonah Glover.
Goals Jonah Glover (3/5)

:rugby_football: Knock On Effect NSW Cup | Full Time

40px Penrith Panthers 38 Tries Nick Murphy (2), Hokafonu Lemoto, Poutoa Hotere-Papalii, Jakeb Vailalo, Blake Moore, Luke Philp.
Goals Jirah Liddiard (5/7)
40px St George Illawarra Dragons 12 Tries Cyrus Stanley-Traill, Benjamin Rumble.
Goals Ashton Ward (2/2)

Postgame Media







Telstra Premiership Knock on Effect NSW Cup Jersey Flegg Cup
:rugby_football: Panthers v Dragons :rugby_football: Panthers v Dragons :rugby_football: Panthers v Dragons
:clock3: Saturday 1/6 5:30pm :clock3: Saturday 1/6 3:15pm :clock3: Saturday 1/6 1:20pm
:stadium: Bluebet Stadium :stadium: Bluebet Stadium :stadium: Bluebet Stadium
1. Daine Laurie 1. Isaiah Iongi 1. Tim Carson
2. Sunia Turuva 2. David Fale 2. Jirah Liddiard
3. Izack Tago 3. Casey Mclean 3. Angelis Hotere-Papalii
4. Paul Alamoti 4. Same Lane 4. Luke Philp
5. Jesse Mclean 5. Daeon Amituanai 5. Nick Murphy
6. Jack Cole 6. Zach Lamont 6. Joseph Nohra
7. Brad Schneider 7. Alex Seve 7. Blake Moore
8. Moses Leota 8. Jordan Grant 8. Hokofonu Lemoto
9. Mitch Kenny © 9. Luke Sommerton 9. Jenson Tuaoi
10. James Fisher-Harris © 10. Luron Patea 10. Jakeb Vailalo
11. Scott Sorensen 11. Harrison Hassett 11. Francis Manuleleua
12. Liam Henry 12. Ativalu Lisati 12. Aston Warwick
13. Lindsay Smith 13. Riley Price 13. Billy Phillips
14. Trent Toelau 14. Billy Scott 14. Bayden Moran
15. Preston Riki 15. John Sagaga 15. Josh Ruxton
16. Mavrik Geyer 16. Ryley Wake 16. Ahmani Leilua
17. Tyrone Peachey 17. Zac Lipowicz 17. Lachlan Blackburn
18. Isaiah Iongi 18. Joe Vaegaau 18. Poutoa Hotere-Papalii
19. Ativalu Lisati 19. Siotame Hansen
20. Luron Patea :small_red_triangle_down: 20. Judah Galuvao
21. Luke Sommerton :small_red_triangle_down: 21. Cooper Egan
22. Casey Mclean :small_red_triangle_down: 22. Cooper Ferrari
23. Noah Nailagoliva
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

Match Officials

Telstra Premiership K.O.E NSW Cup Jersey Flegg Cup
Referee Todd Smith TBA TBA
Sideline Official Matt Noyen TBA TBA
Drew Oultram TBA TBA
Video Referee Gerard Sutton - -

Referee Success Rate

Referee Active Since 2024 Overall Pen. For Pen. Against Ratio
Todd Smith 2022 (0/1) 0% (5/7) 71.43% 40 48 0.83

This weeks team selection will be interesting for sure;

Fullback: probably Iongi
Wing: probably McLean
5/8: probably Laurie
1/2: Cole, Toelau, Luke (if any of them are available) if not possible Kenny?
Lock: Henry (Eiso is out with concussion).
2nd row: Sorro and Garner
Front row as per usual (except if Kenny is half in which case Sommerton comes into hooker.

Aside from Smith and Mav not sure who else is left on the bench.Riki maybe?

And yes I don’t see a place for Peach in first grade.

I shudder at the thought of Peach and Laurie in the halves together

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Don’t mind the sound of Laurie and Toleau if Cole is out, but Trent for #7 in my eyes.

No space for peach though, rather see sommerton, but coach will have different opinions, no doubt 14.

I think Sunia will find the #1 Jersey. Iongi and McLean on the wing.

Thank God it’s only the dragons. Won’t be easy either way

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Iongi and Sommerton both named in NSW cup.

Peach, Mav, Luke, Tolou, Ricky and Jessie McLain not named in cup

  1. Daine LAURIE

  2. Sunia TURUVA

  3. Izack TAGO

  4. Paul ALAMOTI

  5. Jesse McLEAN

  6. Jack COLE


  8. Moses LEOTA

  9. Mitch KENNY (vc)

  10. James FISHER-HARRIS (c)

  11. Scott SORENSEN

  12. Liam HENRY

  13. Lindsay SMITH

  14. Trent TOELAU

  15. Preston RIKI

  16. Mavrik GEYER

  17. Tyrone PEACHEY

  18. Isaiah IONGI

  19. Ativalu LISATI

  20. Luron PATEA

  21. Luke SOMMERTON

  22. Casey McLEAN

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




That team should comfortably account for the Dragons without Hunt, Sua & Lomax

I’m surprised Schneider is back so quickly, but pleased at the same time.

Having him back in the side will add some structure and allow Cole to roam around like a five-eighth.

Although Luai was amazing the halfback role, there were times it felt we had two #6 out there and it seemed a bit chaotic.

Having a half back return to the squad should sort that out.


The past four years have been our golden years. Some people I’ve spoken to hint at constant winning being boring. But I’ve suffered through too many horror seasons, going back to 1967, when any win was something rare, to subscribe to being bored. There was no joy sitting on the hill in the rain, in a ‘crowd’ of 3,000, watching our team being ground into the mud by one of the cashed-up ‘glamour’ teams. Now, among most commentators, Penrith’s ‘next-man-up’ modus operandi has become accepted wisdom. 2022, when we won everything possible, including smashing Parra in the NRL GF, was surely the peak. Our strength through the grades has been the envy of every other club.

During these years we’ve endured a constant player drain, but are still hanging on, but is it all now about to become just a memory? How can things change so quickly? This year the Harold Matts and SG Ball didn’t even make the finals, the reserve grade is heading down the table in free fall (including being absolutely thrashed by Newtown last week) and the Flegg are hanging in the top 8 by the skin of their teeth.

Is the pilfering of our talent taking place in all grades? Is the talent in the lower grades moving elsewhere because they can’t see any chance of cracking the top grade at Penrith? During this year’s SOO period, are we about to see how bare the cupboard is? Have our teams become complacent? Any ideas?


Updated Team List

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has updated his squad for Saturday’s match against the Dragons at BlueBet Stadium.

The Panthers will wear the 2024 Home Jersey.

I get cold chills even seeing Peachy in an extended squad.

and i urge caution about thinking we have this won and done and hope the players don’t think like this going into the game.

any team in the NRL can beat any other, just look at last nights effort by Parra over Sharks.

if you are off 10% the other mob will get you.

agreed the team we have named should perform well but that is what they need to do.

conditions will have an impact on the game but the crowd should be a huge plus for Panthers

We need to secure the win to help when we play a few more tough games with our SOO players missing.

should be a fascinating game

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This may not be a normal game, and rain is forecast. That said I will still be there on the hill to watch the next generation play their heart out.

Win or not this game will be interesting


Hope Riki & Toelau kill it tonight. Just seeing how much their debuts meant to them was very moving. Good luck to both of them.

And, ditto for McLean. He had an unhappy NRL debut game last year. Hope he goes well tonight, too.

Thank god we got to 10

Mclean is looking ok as is Riki for his short stint but unless Schneider has an injury he has gone missing and he is out of his depth in first grade.

and why aren’t we rolling the ball into the ingoal instead of these danky bombs?

Dragons are terrible and the 10 flatters them.

Hope Laurie cuts loose.

and hope Leota is Ok and is not an issue with his hamstring.

a big handclap for the crowd who are there in awful conditions!!!

hate to say it but Rikis defence in the second half has just cost us this try.

terrible reads by him.

we had better wake up.

Cleary thought the same and hooked him.

we will need a miracle from here to win this

I had my concerns at half time, and it turns out they were justified. We didn’t have the points in the bank when everything went our way in the first half, and have been out enthused in the second half.

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well its easy to see why our reserve side are getting beat

we were trash in the second half and lost the second half 22 nil

its hard to put into words just terrible and our worst effort in years.

and this rubble face the Sea Eagles next week

MOM was our crowd who had to endure this in terrible conditions.


Moses off with a hammy

Whispers Edwards has hurt his quad

Season looks on the rocks at this point

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