Round 1 vs Eels

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  1. MrBlack

    MrBlack Juniors

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    OK - its been a long long off season.

    Time for the footy, for all our sakes.

    I really think the boys will come out firing.
     
  2. Bob

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    Looks like Cartwright might get a run in 1st grade

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...f/news-story/533fd218b5fcfdbee34362a0130e3cf4

    Cleary’s bodyguard has no fears for his half

    Fatima Kdouh, The Daily Telegraph
    March 4, 2019 8:22pm
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    Nathan Cleary will be without his bodyguard Viliame Kikau but according to the injured backrower the Penrith star is still in safe hands.

    Cleary was set to start the season alongside Kikau on the left edge in defence but that experiment has been put on hold while Kikau recovers from an MCL injury he picked up in a trial match against South Sydney 10 days ago.

    But the rampaging Fijian is confident that both players in line to replace him, Jack Hetherington and Jed Cartwright, will be able provide Cleary with good protection.

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    Viliame Kikau won’t be able to protect Nathan Cleary to start the year. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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    “The coach has someone in mind to put on that jersey come round one” Kikau said. “We have a good calibre of players in that position. Hethro and Jed are fighting for that position.

    “They both have more speed than me so fans will get to see that on the field.

    “Jed’s a big guy too, he benches more than me in the gym. He does everything more than me.

    “[Hetherington] is not that big in size but he is pretty solid. He’s a fit bloke. He’s a freak, during preseason he is always up there when we do conditioning running.”

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    Kikau was injured during a 2019 trial game. Picture: Brett Costello
    Despite the show of faith in Cartwright and Hetherington, Kikau revealed that Cleary is eager to have his protector return to the field as soon as possible.

    “Nathan told me, ‘you left me hanging. I came over to the left side and you left me hanging’. So I'm keen to get rehab over and done with and get back out there and be with the boys,” he said.

    Kikau feared the worst when he first went down with a knee injury during a trial match.

    The forward was worried he’d torn his right ACL, an injury which could have ended his 2019 campaign before it even started.

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    Cleary was expected to defend on Kikau’s edge this season. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
    “I thought it was going to be worse than that because it was painful,” he said.

    “I sort of just fell awkwardly and as soon I stood up, I tried my best to play the ball, I don’t know how I did that. I couldn’t even walk off the field.

    “The poor trainers had to carry 120kg out. He [Craig Catterick] was asking for help, I could see him asking the other trainers for help.”

    Kikau is no longer on crutches — which had to be adjusted to fit his massive frame — but he will remain in a full leg brace for at least another month.
     
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  3. Tronald Crump

    Tronald Crump Juniors

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    I have had enough of this off field shit.

    Bring it on and bring on a win for us.
     
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  4. unKwn

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    times going so so slow now because of these tapes. I've completely forgotten about round 1. I really can't wait for this game and it will be awesome for footy to start agai
     
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  5. Whino

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    Can we replay Laurie Dailey's comments an hour before kickoff to fire up the boys?
     
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  6. franklin2323

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    May being out means Jed has to play. He is infront of Fuimaono on trial form
     
  7. Frankus

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    Been a long time since I’ve even thought about league. Sounds like long overdue for the season to start.

    Someone fill me in on the offseason.

    Cheers
     
  8. unKwn

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    sex. lots of it
     
  9. unKwn

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    let's fire the f**k up
     
  10. snickers007

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    Panthers Digital Media have always been very good, but that video is the best stuff they've ever produced.

    Gave me goosebumps and a lump in the old throat.

    f**k all the noise, I'm ready for Round 1.
     
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  11. Sime_11

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    seriously dont know how our media team can better that - Epic is an understatement.

    Never Give Up
     
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  12. Panfa

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    Is laurie daley serious he obviously has an agenda with Gould because gould said daley was cooked as nsw origin coach.Coming from a club like canberra who had the likes of dugan ferguson carney and now whighton look at your own backyard before you fire shots at us.The raiders have had some of the biggest grubs in the game and the actions of 3 blokes shouldn't tarnish the entire team with the same brush.
     
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  13. Abacus

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    He's still dirty on us for 1991.
     
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  14. Matthew Ellis

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    Cleary and Maloney are swapping sides defensively.
    Hame Sele impressed during the preseason and has a spot in the 17 locked in.
    As it stands Katao has got the nod over Egan.
    Edwards is starting at fullback and Dall on the wing.
    Ivan wants a 80 minute dummy half.
    Ivan has introduced a lot more ball work in the preseason compared to Hook.
    Kikau got injured during the trials and will be back for round 4.
    Tyrone May stood down due to charges of distributing sexual videos without consent and filming without consent.
    Sex tape of Liam Coleman and Tyrone Phillips released.
    Accusations whoever is releasing sex tapes of Penrith players is a former player still with an NRL club.
     
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  15. Crashtest

    Crashtest Juniors

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    The nrl.com site has predicted their Round 1 teams for all clubs.

    Is Leota still out injured? As he is not listed in their team. Nor is there a second rower/centre cover like Cartwright or Fuimaono. I'm not sure Hetherington is up to playing 80 minutes yet on an edge, given he is used to playing interchange minutes.

    Their predicted Panthers Round 1 team is:
    1. Dylan Edwards
    2. Josh Mansour
    3. Waqa Blake
    4. Dean Whare
    5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    6. James Maloney
    7. Nathan Cleary
    8. James Tamou
    9. Sione Katoa
    10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    11. Jack Hetherington
    12. Isaah Yeo
    13. James Fisher-Harris
    Interchange:
    1. Wayde Egan
    2. Tim Grant
    3. Kaide Ellis
    4. Hame Sele
     
  16. unKwn

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    I wouldn't look into nrl.com's predicted lineup too much. they have Egan on the bench even though Ivan's stated he wants an 80 min hooker. I'm hearing leota will be fine for round 1
     
  17. Matthew Ellis

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    Moses didn't play in the second trial because he got a minor injury in the first game so he was rested. He's playing round 1.
     
  18. Crashtest

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    That's good to hear about Leota.

    Re Egan, I wonder with May now out, whether Cleary will rethink the 80 min hooker plan. If he selects four forwards on the bench, who can cover hooker if Katoa gets injured?
     
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  19. ACTPanthers

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    I’m always excited for round one, and optimistic about what the outcome will be, but, this year... I don’t know why, but with all the off field distractions I’m having a very pessimistic feeling we’re in for a long season. I sincerely hope I’m wrong, and please quote this post to ridicule me if I am, I just have a bad feeling about this year...
     
  20. GongPanther

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    See if he turns up Round 19 4:00 pm Sunday @ Penrith Park. Providing they can get Barbara Streisand through the gate. (he might have to pay through the nose to get in).
     

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