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  1. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    Peachey was pretty reasonable last year. No longer a game breaker of course but he did his job, that edge was tight defensively despite centre, edge forward and half being a rotating door and he was part of that. This year appears to be one too many but he's had a solid career that maybe didn't...
  2. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    Watching the Dogs last start against the Eels they had plenty of time on their try line and and they defended for one another and they had plenty of tries butchered or unluckily called back and they just kept coming. Results aside, the basic indicators of good attitude and culture are really...
  3. maple_69

    Rd. 15 v Knights

    I'd certainly be starting Garner for the moment, he has gone from being a serviceable, reliable workhorse to starting to find his lines and get a bit more dominant with his defence, he is our best edge on form, but more suited to 17 when Martin & Sorro are patched up. Martin needs the rest more...
  4. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    Replaces Lisati this year/Peachey next year and an outside chance he is our next Garner/Hosko/Sorro/Capewell reclamation success story. Can't be too mad at it.
  5. maple_69

    Rd. 15 v Knights

    Agree we need to try Tago on the left. Luai, Sorenson and To’o are very strong and will help. Fact is most teams are stronger attacking the left and the rushing style of Tago works a bit better in disrupting right side shifts while sides tend to be better at navigating a guy flying out and...
  6. maple_69

    Round 14 v Silvertails

    Whole pack looked to be back on tonight which was pleasing. That stifling defence was back and we just had that extra punch in the runs and play the ball. Edge defence was trash but I don’t doubt Edwards out played a big part in that. We saw last year in the Parra game how big an impact his...
  7. maple_69

    Round 14 v Silvertails

    I think that the results this series are less important than starting to turn around the putrid culture within the Blues squad that underpins the continual underperforming. I’m sure Latrell could come in and dominate a couple games. Same with Walker. They’re not going to change the longer term...
  8. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    Nathan Brown, Jordan McLean, Tepai Moeroa and Jazz Tevaga would be my targets for a 1-2 year experienced depth middle deal.
  9. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    DCE is killing it at 35 and Marty sucked at 29. Age catches up with everyone differently and it has definitively caught up with Marty. He is awful.
  10. maple_69

    Round 13 vs. Dargons @Bluebet

    Out of interest, to those who are able to watch Flegg, what's Edgar like as a fullback? Seems a lot of these fullbacks that have come through in the Edwards era (Laurie, Iongi, McLean, Turuva) are stylistically not what the Penrith system demands. Edgar's timeline seems the closest to being the...
  11. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    Isaiah Tass is a guy I think could be quite a good fit. Not signed for next year, Bunnies are no shot, likely back from his injury after Origin. Wouldn't hurt having him as experienced, dependable, unspectacular depth through end of next year. He's not a guy that would expect to be a walk up...
  12. maple_69

    Round 14 v Silvertails

    I don’t see any reason for Laurie or any back to be on the bench when Garner and Sorenson are fit. Garner covers the backs well if one goes down, tick. Toelau or Sommerton in that 14 can at least offer something in a 20 min cameo. Hopefully everyone gets through Origin unscathed. I’d expect...
  13. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    If reports are correct that the DV charges against May date back to prior to the contract extension I think that could be a big part of the clubs move to piss him off now. My guess is he’s done some things wrong, broken club policies etc along with having been convicted of assault. The club has...
  14. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    Doubt it. The club uses this language in every signing statement. They clearly prioritise attitude and off field outside of this odd blind spot for Mays.
  15. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    This really pisses me off. Tito is a beaut of a bloke, exactly the type of guy we should have at the club. He would have stayed for $350-$400 and could potentially play centre. Instead we re-sign a twat regardless of the pending charge.
  16. maple_69

    Round 14 v Silvertails

    Still time for Burton to come in. We've got hooker coverage in McInnes, middle and edge minutes comfortably covered by the starters + Yeo/Leniu/Ola. I don't see how you get Young on the field when Ola/Martin/Crichton would already be restricted to 55 odd mins each. Would much prefer Burton...
  17. maple_69

    Rumoured & Confirmed Signings - Part 5

    Lipowicz looks a great middle prospect also. Philips potentially as well. The kids are there it’s just going to be a matter of timing. We will always need to recruit intelligently to plug gaps. Henry has top 5 prop written all over him, how long does it take to get there and how long does it...
  18. maple_69

    Round 14 v Silvertails

    Yeah I'd love to drop Tago or send him to the bench for Cole but I don't think we can while Luai is in and out of the side and Cleary is out. I think we just need to try and field a consistent team and back it to get the 3 or so wins out of the next 5 we probably need to stay close to the top 2...
  19. maple_69

    Round 14 v Silvertails

    Well if you take a look through our fixtures last year to refresh your memory on how we were travelling it’s a bit reassuring. We had a few monster games but were mostly scraping by crap teams until the 6 week run in when we went up a notch. Edwards and Luai were a big part of the scraping by...
  20. maple_69

    Penrith Panthers lower grades 2024

    Patea looks good. Powerful but also seemed pretty tight in defence and clean with the ball. Not sure what to make of Price and Grant, good work rate but I am not sure they deliver much better than what we saw from Geyer/Riki in first grade. Lisati seems to have stalled although others have said...

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