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Reserves vs Penrith

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by eagle66, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. eagle66

    eagle66 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Firstly, I would like to say, why wasn't this game on Sunday with the other two grades. I know it was Penrith's home game today BUT, what about the fans!

    Penrith have surged home late, scoring three tries inside the final ten minutes to eventually run out 24-6 winners over Manly, in what was one of the poorest games played to date in 2016 with both sides guilty of making far too many errors, despite the good playing conditions on offer at Pepper Stadium.

    Despite the inclusion of Jamie Soward and James Segeyaro, Penrith struggled to gel in attack for long periods, allowing a Manly side, led admirably by Feleti Mateo to stay in the contest at 6-6 going into the final ten minutes of the game.

    But the class of centre Will Smith proved to the difference, as he completed his hat-trick with two late tries before Dockar-Clay’s try on the bell put the result beyond doubt to ensure the Panthers remain inside the top eight with their third win in succession.

    Penrith dominated possession in the opening ten minutes but were made to paid for their inability to convert pressure into points when Feleti Mateo took advantage of a rushing George Jennings in defence, creating an overlap that enabled former Panther, Tony Satini to put Ben Fritz in for an aerobatic try in the left corner in the 12th minute, converted brilliantly from the side-line by Hugh Pratt to give Manly a surprise 6-0 lead.

    Mateo was easily the most dangerous player in the field in the early stages with his ability to drag players in and offload at will but it was one offload too many that enabled Penrith to level the scores seven minutes later.

    From the ensuing set Soward drifted left creating a three on two situation before putting Smith through the hole to score with ease and with the veteran five-eighth’s conversion, scores were level midway through the half.

    But for the best part of fifty minutes the game became punctuated with error after error with sides guilty of showing little regard for possession.

    But Manly could have broken the deadlock just before halftime when Pratt’s grubber kick into the in-goal was reached first by half, Pita Godinet but was travelling at such spped he couldn’t control the ball and the opportunity to lead at the break was lost.

    The second half continued where the first half had left off but again it was Manly who had the chance to take the lead after Mateo’s good leadup work enabled Ben Fritz to streak down the left touchline but as the tryline loomed, a brilliant cover tackle from his opposite winger, Malakai Watene-Zeleniak saw the Manly flanker lose control of the ball.

    Penrith dominated territorially for much of the half but looked berift of ideas inside Manly’s 20 as the new-look spine struggled to combine.

    But just when the game looked set to end in a draw, Penrith finally found their attacking mojo to score those three tries inside the final ten minutes.

    Back-to-back tries to Smith in the 72nd and 75th both resulting from sweeping left edge plays saw Penrith blow the scoreline out to 18-6 before an easy try on the last play of the game from a scrum win to Zach Dockar-Clay gave Penrith their somewhat flattering 24-6 scoreline.

    Next Saturday the Panthers again play at Pepper Stadium when they host Newcastle while Manly return home to Brookvale when they take on competition leaders, Mounties.
     
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  2. double hoops

    double hoops Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    @Ryan wont be happy! Can someone finally take Willows coaching licence away. Our entire organisation needs to improve. Starting with the coach in Reserves seems a pretty good place to start.....
     
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  3. Turbo

    Turbo Well-Known Member

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    And knight played also
     
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  4. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What's truly bizarre is Manly appointing Randall a co-Coach with Willow. :mad:
    Even Goatie has a better win/loss ratio than Randall :confused:
     
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  5. pjayz

    pjayz Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    ....and ditching a coach that took the u20's to the GF.
     
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  6. ricardo

    ricardo Well-Known Member

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    Matato needs to come into the first grade team
     
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  7. SoaringEagle

    SoaringEagle Member

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    No Way, his attack is good but is lazy at marker and getting back ten, always loosing the ball and concedes to many penalties
     
  8. double hoops

    double hoops Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I'm missing @Ryan talking about the NSW Cup team already! Should he make a return or is a bet a bet?
     
  9. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    Yeah, nah. I respect a man of his word. From what I have read between the lines of Ryan's posts, he would rather kiss Ricky Stuart than renige on a promise.
     
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  10. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    You are correct soaring, but no footballer has the perfect game or is mistake free. Given that one of our biggest problems is creativity in attack it is probable on balance that he would be an advantage.
     
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  11. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    As opposed to some of our other forwards who couldn't dent a balloon.
     
  12. Budgewoi Eagle

    Budgewoi Eagle In for the long haul. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    And that would hurt us how?
    @;)
     
  13. pjayz

    pjayz Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    He has 1 error against his name in 1st grade this year, so he can't be losing the ball too often. I'll give you the marker defence concern, but he can generate more good than bad in my opinion. It's not like we are firing on all cylinders at the moment.
     
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  14. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He'll honour his word, he's no hypocrite. I expect he'll read but not post, he's not the sort of guy to renege on bets, you saw that with the worm eating.

    We'll see him back next year bigger and better and hopefully more relaxed.
     
  15. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    But who's now going to work out the percentages of wins we've had this season in all three grades? It must be getting as low as 20%...
     
  16. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

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    I hope you are correct chip. I would hate for the great man to be forever branded a weak prick and soft **** for breaking his word.
     
  17. Bearfax

    Bearfax Well-Known Member

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    To date with 1st, reserves and U20s the win rate is 21.6%. It will drop to 20.5% if we lose both matches today
     
  18. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    20's absolutely dusted , 54-6 when I last looked.

    Clearly our owners don't give a **** about reserves / 20's , not that they can crow about how well the firsts are going for that matter.

    Truly our worst year since the early 2000's isn't it?
     
  19. TOCC

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    full time 60 /6 not good for the club or sponsors
     
  20. Mitch

    Mitch Well-Known Member

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    Not great at all, the panthers dusted the raiders and warriors 74-10 in consecutive rounds a few weeks back. Still very poor.
     

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