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denis preston

First Grade
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6,878
Brave Panthers fall at the death to beefed-up Dragons

Stewart Moses

Game Summary

In Round Two, the Panthers handed the Dragons a 52-6 hiding, but fast forward to Round 13, and a very different looking Panthers side turned in a gritty performance in a see-sawing contest that saw the lead change hands several times before a vastly more experienced Dragons outfit managed to secure a late 26-22 win at BlueBet Stadium.

With the Panthers NRL side missing six players to Origin, it was going to be a tough ask for a side missing Charlie Staines, Robert Jennings, Kurt Falls, Sean O’Sullivan, Chris Smith, Matt Eisenhuth plus Eddie Blacker (HIA protocols).

Penrith opened the scoring early on with an individual show and go try from Soni Luke from close range and with the conversion from halfback Niwahi Puru, the home side led 6-0 after six minutes.

An error soon after the kick-off enabled the Dragons to hit back almost immediately, with a short pass close to the line from five-eighth Mitch Francis putting backrower Jack Gosiewski over out wide.

Penrith soon restored their six-point advantage with a scrappy try to five-eighth Jack Cole who repeated Soni Luke’s grubber kick effort to ground the ball first in the 15th minute.

Winger Treigh Stewart followed suit in the 23rd minute, trailing a Billy Burns line-break from 25m out to put the Dragons within two points once more.

The Dragons finally took the lead after a break by Sullivan saw fullback Tyrell Sloan backing up to score next to the posts, giving the Dragons a 14-10 lead at half-time.

Early second half back-to-back penalties to the Dragons proved telling as the away side extended their lead to the biggest of the match to date 20-10, after hooker Connor Muhleisen came up with a show and go effort of his own to score from close range.


Penrith stemmed the flow of points with a try of their own through interchange player Isaiah Iongi in the 50th minute, who capitalised on a gap from dummy half. After a successful conversion by Puru, the understrength Panthers trailed by just four again.

Penrith soon regained the lead after a smart pass from Soni Luke, who was instrumental all game, sent Preston Riki crashing over with 16 minutes remaining.

When the Dragons received a fortuitous six-again, they didn’t need much of an invitation to seal the result when Burns strolled through a gap and found ex-Panther Ethan Clark-Wood, who crashed over securing a 26-22 victory.

Talking points

Tonight’s loss could mean the Panthers, who have led the competition for much of the season, could relinquish that spot to Newtown should they defeat the Raiders this Sunday.

The Dragons’ late win completes a stunning reversal in form from their Round Two 52-6 defeat at the same venue. They currently sit in the top eight for now, pending other results over the weekend.

Key moment

Six minutes before full-time, Penrith looked to have gained an enormous opportunity to seal the two points from a kick-error, but the decision by young back-rower Mavrik Geyer to make a second effort to reach out and score proved telling.

It resulted in a momentum shift from the ensuing penalty where possession flowed firmly in favour of the Dragons who were able to execute when it mattered most.

What's next?

The Panthers now face a long away trip to Belconnen next Saturday to take on the Canberra Raiders while on the same day, the Dragons host the Rabbitohs at Collegians Sporting Complex in Wollongong.
 

Dragon David

Bench
Messages
4,394
Brave Panthers fall at the death to beefed-up Dragons

Stewart Moses

Game Summary

In Round Two, the Panthers handed the Dragons a 52-6 hiding, but fast forward to Round 13, and a very different looking Panthers side turned in a gritty performance in a see-sawing contest that saw the lead change hands several times before a vastly more experienced Dragons outfit managed to secure a late 26-22 win at BlueBet Stadium.

With the Panthers NRL side missing six players to Origin, it was going to be a tough ask for a side missing Charlie Staines, Robert Jennings, Kurt Falls, Sean O’Sullivan, Chris Smith, Matt Eisenhuth plus Eddie Blacker (HIA protocols).

Penrith opened the scoring early on with an individual show and go try from Soni Luke from close range and with the conversion from halfback Niwahi Puru, the home side led 6-0 after six minutes.

An error soon after the kick-off enabled the Dragons to hit back almost immediately, with a short pass close to the line from five-eighth Mitch Francis putting backrower Jack Gosiewski over out wide.

Penrith soon restored their six-point advantage with a scrappy try to five-eighth Jack Cole who repeated Soni Luke’s grubber kick effort to ground the ball first in the 15th minute.

Winger Treigh Stewart followed suit in the 23rd minute, trailing a Billy Burns line-break from 25m out to put the Dragons within two points once more.

The Dragons finally took the lead after a break by Sullivan saw fullback Tyrell Sloan backing up to score next to the posts, giving the Dragons a 14-10 lead at half-time.

Early second half back-to-back penalties to the Dragons proved telling as the away side extended their lead to the biggest of the match to date 20-10, after hooker Connor Muhleisen came up with a show and go effort of his own to score from close range.


Penrith stemmed the flow of points with a try of their own through interchange player Isaiah Iongi in the 50th minute, who capitalised on a gap from dummy half. After a successful conversion by Puru, the understrength Panthers trailed by just four again.

Penrith soon regained the lead after a smart pass from Soni Luke, who was instrumental all game, sent Preston Riki crashing over with 16 minutes remaining.

When the Dragons received a fortuitous six-again, they didn’t need much of an invitation to seal the result when Burns strolled through a gap and found ex-Panther Ethan Clark-Wood, who crashed over securing a 26-22 victory.

Talking points

Tonight’s loss could mean the Panthers, who have led the competition for much of the season, could relinquish that spot to Newtown should they defeat the Raiders this Sunday.

The Dragons’ late win completes a stunning reversal in form from their Round Two 52-6 defeat at the same venue. They currently sit in the top eight for now, pending other results over the weekend.

Key moment

Six minutes before full-time, Penrith looked to have gained an enormous opportunity to seal the two points from a kick-error, but the decision by young back-rower Mavrik Geyer to make a second effort to reach out and score proved telling.

It resulted in a momentum shift from the ensuing penalty where possession flowed firmly in favour of the Dragons who were able to execute when it mattered most.

What's next?

The Panthers now face a long away trip to Belconnen next Saturday to take on the Canberra Raiders while on the same day, the Dragons host the Rabbitohs at Collegians Sporting Complex in Wollongong.
Great post, thanks Denis. Always great when we win.
 

Dragonslayer

First Grade
Messages
7,368
BB starting to get back into match fitness and some form, his stats yesterday were very good:

12 runs - 159m
61 pcm
3 line breaks
2 try assists
5 tackle breaks
26 tackles - 3 misses

 

blacksafake

First Grade
Messages
6,914
BB starting to get back into match fitness and some form, his stats yesterday were very good:

12 runs - 159m
61 pcm
3 line breaks
2 try assists
5 tackle breaks
26 tackles - 3 misses

Will be very handy in the coming weeks
 

Banger

Juniors
Messages
33
BB starting to get back into match fitness and some form, his stats yesterday were very good:

12 runs - 159m
61 pcm
3 line breaks
2 try assists
5 tackle breaks
26 tackles - 3 misses

Impressive stats.

Always thought he’d take a while to get back into the swing.
 

possm

Coach
Messages
14,392
We need one more top-grade prop and a like-for-llike edge forward to replace Sims, in order to build a competitive forward pack for 2023.

If Haas and Fifita are on the market, we should be in there trying to win their signature. We do have a couple of young props in Hunt and Coric coming through and also a couple of decent edge-forwards in Burn, and Bird in the background. But right now these are bench or depth players.

A top 17 of:
Ramsey
Feagai
Suli
Lomax
Ravalawa
Sloan
Sullivan
Haas
Ben Hunt (c)
F Molo
Fifita
De Belin

M Molo
Mcquire
Lawrie/J Hunt/Coric/Bird/Burns
Amone/Mbye

Would be a big improvement on our current 17.

Gone are; Moga, Woods, Burgess, Alvaro, Sims, McCullouch, Faamausili, Ford, Kerr
 

Draginzaaar

Bench
Messages
2,806
We need one more top-grade prop and a like-for-llike edge forward to replace Sims, in order to build a competitive forward pack for 2023.

If Haas and Fifita are on the market, we should be in there trying to win their signature. We do have a couple of young props in Hunt and Coric coming through and also a couple of decent edge-forwards in Burn, and Bird in the background. But right now these are bench or depth players.

A top 17 of:
Ramsey
Feagai
Suli
Lomax
Ravalawa
Sloan
Sullivan
Haas
Ben Hunt (c)
F Molo
Fifita
De Belin

M Molo
Mcquire
Lawrie/J Hunt/Coric/Bird/Burns
Amone/Mbye

Would be a big improvement on our current 17.

Gone are; Moga, Woods, Burgess, Alvaro, Sims, McCullouch, Faamausili, Ford, Kerr
Yeah Haas and Fafita..... Hahahahahaha
 

OneEyedDragon

Juniors
Messages
844
We need one more top-grade prop and a like-for-llike edge forward to replace Sims, in order to build a competitive forward pack for 2023.

If Haas and Fifita are on the market, we should be in there trying to win their signature. We do have a couple of young props in Hunt and Coric coming through and also a couple of decent edge-forwards in Burn, and Bird in the background. But right now these are bench or depth players.

A top 17 of:
Ramsey
Feagai
Suli
Lomax
Ravalawa
Sloan
Sullivan
Haas
Ben Hunt (c)
F Molo
Fifita
De Belin

M Molo
Mcquire
Lawrie/J Hunt/Coric/Bird/Burns
Amone/Mbye

Would be a big improvement on our current 17.

Gone are; Moga, Woods, Burgess, Alvaro, Sims, McCullouch, Faamausili, Ford, Kerr
Doesn't hurt to fantasise I guess. And who thinks the salary cap is real anyway?
 

Trifili13

Juniors
Messages
450
Doesn't hurt to fantasise I guess. And who thinks the salary cap is real anyway?
Salary cap is real for the bottom feeder teams but not for the top sides that do as they please. Need a new key positional player, no problem, release a player and viala $1m in cap space to sign whoever they need plus money left over for a couple of back up players for depth.
 

OneEyedDragon

Juniors
Messages
844
Salary cap is real for the bottom feeder teams but not for the top sides that do as they please. Need a new key positional player, no problem, release a player and viala $1m in cap space to sign whoever they need plus money left over for a couple of back up players for depth.
Maybe the Dragons should hire some new accountants. Sign Munster on $600,000 plus $600,000 in 3rd party deals and all is good - still have plenty left on the salary cap. If only our Board could organise for some "hands off" 3rd party sponsors.
 

Black Panther

Juniors
Messages
405
Salary cap is real for the bottom feeder teams but not for the top sides that do as they please. Need a new key positional player, no problem, release a player and viala $1m in cap space to sign whoever they need plus money left over for a couple of back up players for depth.
What a load of shit. All teams are audited, not just the bottom teams. Sure you can bump up deals with third party, but to suggest the bottom teams are worse off is just not right. The only reason why they are worse off is because the better players don’t want to play for the shit teams.
But yeah, sour grapes don’t taste nice either.
 

stgeorge1

Juniors
Messages
35
We need one more top-grade prop and a like-for-llike edge forward to replace Sims, in order to build a competitive forward pack for 2023.

If Haas and Fifita are on the market, we should be in there trying to win their signature. We do have a couple of young props in Hunt and Coric coming through and also a couple of decent edge-forwards in Burn, and Bird in the background. But right now these are bench or depth players.

A top 17 of:
Ramsey
Feagai
Suli
Lomax
Ravalawa
Sloan
Sullivan
Haas
Ben Hunt (c)
F Molo
Fifita
De Belin

M Molo
Mcquire
Lawrie/J Hunt/Coric/Bird/Burns
Amone/Mbye

Would be a big improvement on our current 17.

Gone are; Moga, Woods, Burgess, Alvaro, Sims, McCullouch, Faamausili, Ford, Kerr
Your won't be able to afford them
 

Trifili13

Juniors
Messages
450
What a load of shit. All teams are audited, not just the bottom teams. Sure you can bump up deals with third party, but to suggest the bottom teams are worse off is just not right. The only reason why they are worse off is because the better players don’t want to play for the shit teams.
But yeah, sour grapes don’t taste nice either.
And how many of the salary cap scandals involving the Dogs, Parra and Storm were found through this auditing? Nil. They got caught because of a whistleblower or mistake from my recollection, not because of the NRL audit.

I recall when Cronk went to the Roosters and Pearce was thinking of leaving as he obviously was not going to be the half back, the Rooster's said he didn't need to go as they could fit both under their cap.

The salary cap does not work unless you have a draft like in the AFL or American sports where the bottom sides get first crack at the talent. While I acknowledge that players will sacrifice a small portion to play for a top side in the hope of winning a GF but not thus constant "happy to play for unders rubbish" where the figures run into the hundreds of thousands. Player managers ain't going to miss out on their commission by letting their players go for unders.
 

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