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Live Blog – Canterbury Cup Trial vs Penrith Panthers

Wentworthville Magpies squad


1. Bevan French
2. Greg Leleisiuao
3. Josh Hoffman
4. Ethan Parry
5. Maika Sivo
6. Jaeman Salmon
7. Rhys Davies
8. Kane Evans
9. Brad Keighran
10. Oregon Kaufusi
11. Andrew Davey
12. Salesi Fainga’a
13. David Gower
14. Stefano Utoikamanu
15. D’Rhs Miller
16. Blake Cook
17. Piki Rogers

 

Late Mail

TBC

 

First Half

 

Oh wow, straight into the next game now. We are talking old school scheduling here. Wenty receiving the ball in the first half.

I am not sure if that was intentional but the Panthers kick short from the kick off and end up batting it back to gain possession. Surprise twist at the start of this game. Wenty defend their goal line brilliantly though and hold out on the last after the kick is deflected off Salmon’s foot. Maika Sivo ends up making the important tackle there.

A good offload and some greats hands from Faingaa put Hoffman into space but he is pulled down from behind after a 30m gain. The bomb on the last falls in the field of play, well-weighted, but the kick chase isn’t quite up to par and the Panthers get out to their 20m mark.

French ends up taking the clearing kick with ease. Sivo provides a good run on the second but Leleisiuao throws a poor offload on the third tackle forcing Faingaa to clean things up. A shortside raid down the right edge nearly puts Hoffman and Sivo into space but the line-breaking pass is called back by the touchy.

Penrith complete their next set without event. Their bomb on the last is taken easily by Leleisiuao and the Penrith chase is immediately pinged for not retreating 10m after getting called out. A second penalty follows for a high tackle but time is off for a banged up Panther.

Davey gets the first up carry from the tap restart. Good run by Oregon on the second, carrying defenders there. Two passes wide to Evans on the third as Wenty load up on the left. It is a bait though as Salmon swings right to find Faingaa. Good defence brings him down. A poor kick by Rhys Davies on the last is trapped in the front line and Penrith survive.

A good defensive set follows by Wenty. French takes the clearing kick in good field position as a result before Sivo provides a strong ruck carry. Gower earns a penalty for a high shot and Wenty have rolled downfield in a second. Evans breaks a tackle in the red zone but can’t find support. Oregon goes close as well but is desperately pulled down by scrambling defenders. The momentum is with Wenty now though and Parry surges onto a crash ball off the hip of Davies to storm over with defenders draped all over him!

 

Try scored by Ethan Parry. Conversion unsuccessful by Davies.

Wenty lead 4-0

11min gone

 

Solid carry by Evans from the kickoff. Gower gets the ball on the third and offloads as the ball finds its way to Salmon who makes a half break. Faingaa leads a shortside raid down the right and tries to kick ahead for his back but miscues the attempt and the Panthers dive on the errant kick.

Another strong showing in defence by Wenty but Penrith get lost on the last and send a forward out for a stock standard hit up. Big break down by their play-makers there.

Another useful run by Sivo as he sheds a couple of defenders to make 15m up the middle. Salmon pops up through the middle and links up with French but the defence are awake to it. Davies completes the set with a bomb but it goes uncontested as it barely outstrips its chasers. Still, Parry and Davies get downfield to make the tackle 10m off the Penrith goal line.

Hoffman has been pulled, injury I assume at play. A Wenty depth player has entered the game as his replacement.

Wenty continue to defend well in the mean time but Penrith are starting to gain the ascendancy in field position – largely on the back of a poor clearing kick from Davies that rolls dead. Wenty look to up the ante off a powerful carry by Kane Evans as he sorties nearly 20m before flicking a perfect offload to Leleisiuao in support but the winger drops it cold. That is a killer mistake.

Faingaa has laid out some brutal shots in the first half and adds a couple more this set. Punishing defence from the young backrower. Wenty dodge a bullet as the Panthers produce an unforced error. Parry and Leleisuiao lead the charge with the latter earning a penalty as he is held down.

Unfortunately it quickly comes undone as Evans grasses a shocker of a pass from Salmon. The big man never had a chance there.

Again though, the Panthers can only produce a mistake in reply to the initial error from the Eels.

Evans the man making a play again as he draws a penalty.

Big run from Faingaa from the restart. Left now as Salmon links up with Oregon in the middle. A good carry again. Gower offloads to Evans who takes the run before Wenty work left to Davey. Loaded right edge but they left, the wrong call, and Davies kicks along the ground. A poor kick though and Penrith clean it up in the field of play. It is quickly compounded by a penalty.

After holding out the Panthers until the end of the set, a momentary lapse from the replacement centre leaves Sivo on his lonesome to try and make a try saving tackle. He nearly does so but the #3 for Penrith rolls through the contact to barely get the ball down.

 

Try scored by the Penrith Panthers. Conversion successful.

Penrith lead 6-4

27min gone

 

After seeing off Penrith’s next set the Magpies get on the front foot with a great carry by Parry. A penalty comes two tackels later when Davey gets collared roughly. Might be a crusher tackle there. Penalty comes for Wenty. Davey is left real dusty by the affair and the trainer attends him.

Nice pass from French to Faingaa with the latter providing a good run. French then chimes in down the left with a nasty grubber kick that takes a Wenty bounce. Leleisiuao wasn’t pushing through fast enough t oscore a try but Wenty do get a line drop out.

Stefano Utoikamanu is on and takes the first charge from the drop out. He is back a couple of tackles later as he surges into the defensive line. Third hit up for the young bull now as he nearly storms over under the posts! The defence barely repel him and Wenty go left on the last. French throws a long cutout to Leleisuiao but the nuggety winger has nothing but defenders ahead of him and has to take the tackle for the turnover.

Wenty are struggling to gain traction through the middle in their next possession and French goes for the all or nothing 40/20 on the last tackle. It has the length and angle but sails barely half a metre over the sideline on the full. That could be a pivotal error.

Sure enough the Panthers waste little time punishing Wenty for the gifted possession as Leleisuiao shoots up out wide on the left and misses his target. The Panthers are able to stroll in untouched out wide as a result and secure the potential two-score lead.

 

Try scored by the Penrith Panthers. Conversion unsuccessful.

Penrith lead 10-4

36min gone

 

An unlikely result for Wenty a few sets later as they take the ball down the right on the last and a kick from Sivo results in his opposite number gaining possession of the ball and then putting a foot on the sideline.

Just rewards for Salesi! Salmon glides to the right and hits Faingaa at the line with a money ball and the barnstorming backrower can’t be stopped from that range! Great play from two of Wenty’s youngest and brightest.

 

Try scored by Salesi Faingaa. Conversion unsuccessful.

Parramatta trail 8-10

 

Half Time

Parramatta Eels 8 trail the Penrith Panthers 10

 

Second Half

 

Penrith receiving the kick off. Wholesale changes for Wenty as their Ron Massey talent get a run. Davey, Faingaa and Utoikamanu look to be the only really recognisable first grade prospects on the field now.

A nice interchange between Davies and Davey in Wenty’s first possession puts the tall backrower between defenders but he just can’t find support with an offload. The fifth tackle pass from dummy half is a shocker and Wenty have to rush a kick before conceding a penalty. Penrith work their way into Wenty’s redzone before making an error in the play the ball to take the foot off the throat.

As you might expect there has been a significant drop off in the quality of play but Wenty have defended their goal line resolutely in the face of a wave of Penrith possession. Their grit and stubbornness are rewarded as the Penrith fullback spills a pass sweeping down his right edge.

Not much to report still from the second half but Wenty get a relieving penalty late in the tackle count to take them deep into Penrith’s half.

Oh dear that was hilarious! A second ball pops back onto the field from the tap restart and a Penrith defender races out to scoop it up thinking he has effected a turnover. It takes him a second to realise the ball runner has actually gone passed him.

Wenty spin right after the comedy capers and nearly put Faingaa over for a double but he cops a high shot. Penalty. Tap and go as Wenty look to attack down their left but a tip on travels forwards into the Penrith winger. Turnover.

Wenty continue to impress in defence, even if their fluency in attack is stuttering. Pretty good hit out from the Ron Massey outfit in the second half.

As I type that Salesi Faingaa bursts through the right edge and sprints into the backfield. The young backrower is having a whale of a game and he links up with support on his right but his backup is gunned down. Straight to the right edge again and a blatantly offside defender kills the play – easiest sin bin call you will every see. Referee gets it right to no shock.

A double knock on against Penrith early in the following set leads to so time off for an injured Magpie.

No result comes for Wenty though as they lose the ball attacking down their right edge.

Ahhh! Another good attacking raid is undone by an error. Piki Rogers the impetus for that opportunity with a terrific carry down the left edge but on the following play the Magpies can’t keep a hold of the pill. Once again the defensive intensity has been brilliant but Wenty haven’t had the patience in attack to put the Panthers away.

Ironically just as the Magpies run in the reinforcements with Evans, Gower and Kaufusi coming on to close out the game the Panthers make a line break from a kick return. Fortunately the pass to a support player is a good 10m forwards and support defenders dive on the loose ball.

An exciting set concludes with Kane Evans putting in a damn good grubber kick that Penrith barely get back into the field of play.

Ooph, a flurry of errors from both teams here as the game enters the final 5min.

Another great run from Piki Rogers puts Wenty on the Penrith goal line and a penalty comes on the next play. Tap and go to Kaufusi. Evans up next before a great offload from Gower opens up a right edge play. Wenty look to have cut through out wide with their #20 but he has lost the ball over the line. Dear oh dear that is a brutal blow.

2min on the clock now as Wenty get a 20m restart quickly followed by a penalty. One last roll of the dice to steal a win here. Annnnnnd forget it as Dylan Izzard puts foot to ball on a kick that is way, way, way too heavy as it rolls dead with ease.

30sec left now and that will just about do us. Hang on, one last error from Penrith enable Wenty to set a scrum with 12sec on the clock. Or maybe it won’t, the scrum was set but the siren rings out and both teams are happy to call it quits.

 

Full Time

Penrith Panther 10 def. Wentworthville Magpies 8

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Proctor
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Proctor

Leleisiuao – does anyone know why he hasn’t kicked on. I mean, it doesn’t even look like he is close to getting an NRL start.

Broke all records a couple of years back, why are the current coaching staff finding it difficult to get the up and comers to playing consistent NRL?

Gem KM
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Gem KM

I believe it’s more about his attitude than much else – he’s constantly been unfit and hasn’t put in the effort

Proctor
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Proctor

Thanks gem.
Maybe he can.learn a thing or two from your man Gower 😉😉😉😉😉😉

Seth hardie
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Seth hardie

That’s a strange assessment of G.L. You obviously have been to every training session, every game, talked to the coach talked to the trainers talked to his psychologist. If you want to deathride a player state some facts.

Offside
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Offside

Had some injuries last year i saw alot of hom in tge 20s and a bit last year he will not play 1st grade based on his defence alone

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

His defence has been his bug bear, but he seems to have gone backwards, the injuries are a killer, and hopefully even with what I said below he can turn things around, confidence from injuries can be real killers of careers.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

What a sad day so far, hope the nrl players can give us a lift.

Ijs a shame with GL, having seen how well he can play in the past, seems he is going to be one of those ‘What if? where is he? Remember GL wonder what happened to him?

Rob
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Rob

Sounds like Jacob Loko

Seth hardie
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Seth hardie

I have been following this mob for 60 years, so many times I have seen blokes in reserves with promise struggle in that grade.Give them a go in firsts with the better company and they blossom.G.L has been here three years now and has not had one shot with the better company. We finished at the arse end of the field last year, it’s time to give some blokes a chance to blossom

Hamsammich
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Hamsammich

Need to put in the effort at training and reserve grade to earn a spot in first grade, you don’t just “throw them in and see how they go”. Watch the 20’s GF highlights, specifically the try manly scored just before half time. After watching him in ISP all last year, he won’t be anywhere near first grade unless we have 4-5 injuries.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Ham, agree I thought he would be a better player by now and had he continued with an upward line should have been close to getting a top line spot, rather than improving he seems to have gone backwards.

How has Tui been going in the other jnr teams?

Hamsammich
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Hamsammich

About the same as G.L really.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

What a shame! Hopefully he may pick up this year, but wont hold my breath I suppose.

John Eel
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John Eel

You would think that Parry and Sivo have gone past him in the pecking order.

John Eel
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John Eel

The NRL trial is pleasing. Penrith is adopting the defensive pattern of the Tigers of last year.

Probably the most pleasing aspect of the Eels has been the defence

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

What I enjoyed with the game was the determination and backing up of each other, a seemingly never say die attitude, and the obvious talk between the players. One other aspect I noticed especially in the first half was the speed to which the eels got back on side ready for defend in each play. Would like to have seen Stone play more time but he ran hard and did ok for mine, Peni was excellent, Ma’u was also running hard, I hope his late injury is not to the knee he has come back from time out. There was… Read more »

John Eel
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John Eel

Colin you get a sense that the off season training has paid off so far. The speed of the players getting back into position and backing each other up.

I know the Panthers did a lot of defence but the Eels looked stronger.

does anyone know who the second player taken off was?

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

John. we the panthers again in round 1, not sure how much we can take from tonights performance regarding the opposition, in saying that they will be different next meeting and we have to be no worse than tonight as it will be tougher. A concern for me is still with our kickers, MM has been poor in the two trials so far & that has to be fixed. I have no idea who the 2nd player was but a gut feeling it may have been Stefano. The streaming service I could only get was the Panthers link, and Gus… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Looked to be Utoikamanu but I could be wrong

John Eel
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John Eel

Think you are both right regarding Stefano. Looked pretty serious to me. Hope it is not an ACL. Guess he would not have walked off.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Stone.? He didn’t play. (Injured) The look a like was Ethan Parry

DDay
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DDay

Interesting gsmr, thank you for the report Forty. Defence much improved by Wenty, 2nd half a real arm wrestle. Sounds like Parry, Salmon and Fainga played to expectations, overall sounds like a good team effort, plenty for Rip Taylor to work with.

John Eel
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John Eel

Forty who were your picks tonight for Wenty and the JF?