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P E N R I T H PA N T H E R S V S N O R T H Q U E E N S L A N D C O W B O Y S KICKOFF: SATURDAY 7.30PM | REFEREES: ADAM DEVCICH & CHRIS JAMES | VIDEO REFEREES: STEVE CLARK & JUSTIN MORGAN | TV: FOX LIVE 7.30PM | RADIO: 2GB LIVE 7.30PM

PREVIEW BY TROY DODDS

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F ONE WAS TO judge their prediction for this Saturday’s match between Penrith and North Queensland purely on what the competition ladder says, it would be a difficult decision to make. After all, both sides have only won one match this season and both languish in the bottom half of the competition ladder, with the Panthers’ position slightly superior thanks to a better points differential. Despite that, the experts will be very quick to tip the Cowboys, the betting agencies will

horse race who leads with 100 metres to go but somehow gets beaten by a 100-1 shot down the outside. Penrith is a team playing without a winning spirit or culture, and without the ability to turn their opportunities into points. More worrying, they are a team playing without self-belief.

WALSH DROPPED Ivan Cleary made one of the biggest selection decisions of his time at Penrith on

left with no other option after the demons that have plagued the 25-year-old for much of his time at Penrith refused to go away. Walsh shows signs of what he could be every week, but unfortunately the odd flash of brilliance is too often over-shadowed by poor last tackle options, a lack of direction when it is needed most and his inability to create try-scoring opportunities after the forwards lay the foundation. It wouldn’t have been an easy decision for Cleary. To drop your playmaker is a big

short holes for excellent attacking plays, there will be a lot of pressure on fullback Dean Whare this weekend. Whare has shown moments of why the Panthers brought him across from Manly this season, but is yet to stamp his authority on the number one jersey. He really needs to step up this Saturday against a Cowboys side that will almost certainly put him under pressure thanks to quick backline moves. Whare must show his speed and skill if Penrith are to match the Cowboys for flair.

The Cowboys face the Panthers on a tough, short turnaround, having played in Auckland against the New Zealand Warriors on Easter Monday afternoon have Penrith as outsiders, and even Penrith fans will be fearful of the result the trip to 1300 Smiles Stadium will bring. The reason the Cowboys will be so heavily favoured comes back to where Penrith currently is at as a football team. The Panthers are like a boxer who never gets knocked out, lasts the full 12 rounds, but gets beaten on points because he didn’t have the killer punch. They’re like the odds-on favourite in a

Tuesday when he dropped Luke Walsh to reserve grade and replaced him at halfback with Blake Austin. Penrith will now field one of the most inexperienced halves combination in the NRL with Austin in the number seven jumper and Tom Humble (boy, doesn’t he have some speed!) retaining his position at fiveeighth for this weekend’s match. Whilst dropping Walsh after just four matches is a massive call, Cleary was really

call; in fact, it’s a call that could make or break your season and Cleary would not have made the decision on a whim. It’s a monster gamble that Cleary hopes will pay off. For that to happen, Austin must take his opportunity with both hands.

WHARE MUST FIRE With Matt Bowen one of the most dangerous backs in the NRL and Johnathan Thurston having a brilliant ability to create

THE FINAL WORD Despite their impressive roster, the Cowboys are hardly world beaters, and went down to a Warriors side on Monday that previously hadn’t come close to winning a chook raffle at the local RSL. But the problem, as mentioned before, is self-belief. If Penrith believe the odds, if they believe the tipsters and the experts, they will get beaten. If they dig deep enough and find that selfbelief, they can beat anyone on their day. EXTRATIME | 3


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NRL caves to pressure THE NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE HAS MADE CHANGES TO THE CONTROVERSIAL OBSTRUCTION RULE AFTER A BARRAGE OF COMPLAINTS BY PLAYERS, FANS AND COACHES, INCLUDING PENRITH MENTOR IVAN CLEARY...

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HE NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE will allow the video referee to determine the significance of any contact by block runners when ruling on try-scoring situations in a move that relaxes the controversial obstruction rule. In an attempt to clear up ongoing confusion, the league had taken a harsh “black and white” approach to obstruction in the opening month of the competition – disallowing tries any time an attacker had initiated contact with a defender. Penrith was affected last weekend when Tom Humble had a try disallowed because Sika Manu was ruled to have initiated contact with Greg Bird. Panthers coach Ivan Cleary vented his frustration at the obstruction situation when speaking with reporters after the loss to the Titans on Sunday. “One thing about our game that separates it from soccer if you like is that nobody dives,” he said.

“The fact is that the rule at the moment... if you’re a defender and you’re not looking to run into someone, then you’re probably not doing your job.” Cleary said he does not recall any meeting or edict from the NRL that “black and white” decisions would be made about obstruction. “There’s so many good things that are happening as far as the referees are concerned but that one to me needs addressing because you can’t have black and white decisions,” he said. “Black and white decisions are being made on something that is not black and white. There’s so many games it’s been an issue in and it’s a bad issue.” The NRL moved late on Tuesday, making changes effective from this weekend’s round of matches. The league said the rule would be amended to provide the video referee some discretion, to ensure “that tries that would have been fairly scored will be awarded”.

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Grant won’t talk about Blues TIM GRANT HAS A FIGHT ON HIS HANDS TO RETAIN HIS NEW SOUTH WALES JUMPER COME ORIGIN TIME, BUT THE BIG FORWARD SAYS HIS TOTAL FOCUS IS ON TURNING AROUND THE FORTUNES OF PENRITH...

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ITH STATE OF ORIGIN selection just under two months away, incumbent NSW prop and Panthers favourite, Tim Grant, has his mind on other things… more important things. The 25-year-old, who made his debut for the Blues during Game II last year, said he’d prefer to focus all his energy on winning games for Penrith than think about getting sized up for a sky blue jersey.

“There’s plenty of guys there looking to put their hand up for a spot this year, but to be honest, I don’t really want to talk about it just yet,” Grant told Extra Time. “We’ve got a game on this weekend and there’s plenty of more footy to be played before those teams are picked, so that’s my main priority.” With plenty of promising NSW forwards hopeful of snaring Grant’s spot, he knows

he has a lot of work to do to get back to his devastating form that finally made him a household name last year. “I know what I do well and I know what I’ve got to work on,” Grant said. “I definitely haven’t hit my peak yet. I’ve got a lot to improve and a lot to learn but certainly I can see the progression in my game.” Grant started last Sunday’s game against the Titans from the bench and has again been named there for Saturday’s clash with North Queensland. He says the Panthers can turn around their 1-3 record to start the season.

“There’s plenty of good signs there but also stuff we’ve got to fix. We’re confident in our ability. We’ve all trained together for a long time now, we know what each other can do and that brings confidence. We definitely believe in ourselves, that’s for sure,” Grant said. Next year Grant and his forwards partner Sam McKendry will be joined in the frontrow by two-time premiership winner, Brent Kite from the Manly Sea Eagles. “Brent will be great for us – he adds leadership, played at the highest level and won the Clive Churchill Medal (2008),” Grant said. WW1986

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Obstructing our great game 2003 Clive Churchill Medal winner Luke Priddis played more than 300 National Rugby League matches, including 162 for the Penrith Panthers

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HE OBSTRUCTION RULE IS causing some major issues. There is now a ‘black or white’ rule in force. If any contact is made during a 2nd man play by a decoy runner then it is a no try regardless of who initiates the contact or how far off the ball it occurs. This is an obvious effort to make it easy on the video refs, as they were stuffing up so many decisions last year, but will this rule start to make teams vary their attack instead of all setting up for the same play? While generalising, the difference between the top and bottom teams is the good sides continually execute these plays with perfection then have that added brilliance from one of their stars while the others can

look pedestrian at times trying to execute the same plays. However this interpretation is rewarding players making the wrong decisions in defence and this should not happen. A recently retired player who understands objectives of the attacking plays, defensive systems and can explain what decisions have been made by players on both sides should be in the ref’s box at all times. Basically the decoy player needs to run a good line, not straight at the defender but an outside in line. If the defender turns inwards and aims to tackle the player then he is at fault. The decoy should not run into the inside defender though, as he should be held up by the player passing the ball,

thus the decoy should go through the line out of the way with no contact. The right type of experienced ex-player will get these decisions right and the other decisions on the laws of the games can still be left to the qualified refs. The whole obstruction issue certainly saw the celebrations pictured cut short as the Penrith try was ultimately disallowed by the video referee because Sika Manu was ruled to have impeded Greg Bird. Don’t forget April is Autism Awareness Month and as part of this the Luke Priddis Foundation has its annual Fitness for Autism on Sunday at the Regatta Centre so drop down for a great family day. Visit www. lukepriddisfoundation.com for more details.

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Tighe has speed to burn HE MAY NOT BE A HOUSEHOLD NAME, OR ONE OF THE MOST GLAMOROUS PLAYERS IN THE NRL, BUT BRAD TIGHE’S SPEED MAKES HIM A CONSTANT THREAT TO OPPOSITION TEAMS...

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UGBY LEAGUE EXPERTS CONSTANTLY say time and time again “you can’t teach speed, you are born with it”. Fortunately for the Panthers, they are blessed with three of the fastest players in the game – and if you count Tom Humble, after that amazing chase down of Greg Inglis a fortnight ago, that’s four. But probably the fastest, the most ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ like player there is would

change at Penrith, Tighe said that the culture and atmosphere around the club was finally on the way up, and that personality players, like James Segeyaro, help lighten the mood. “Chicko’s a stand-out, he’s always upbeat and a comedian as well,” he said. “There’s never a dull moment when Chicko’s around, he’s good value. You get him and ‘Sauce’ (Josh Mansour) together and it’s a surprise package.” Tighe believes Panthers fans still haven’t seen the best of him yet: “I haven’t been real consistent, so hopefully I get back into peak fitness, stay consistent and help the team win as many games as possible.”

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have to be NRL veteran Brad Tighe. Despite turning 29-years-old today, ‘Tighesy’, as he’s affectionately known, is still one of the game’s quickest men. In fact, he’s so fast that there’s even YouTube videos online showing off his incredible speed. “I think my speed is my biggest weapon,” Tighe told Extra Time. “We all worked pretty hard in the offseason on our speed with our trainer Ronnie

Palmer. There’s a few quick guys at the club actually, like James Roberts and Dean Whare.” Tighe, who joined the Panthers from Newcastle in 2008, said he almost can’t believe he has been at the club for six seasons, and didn’t really expect to have a long-term stay at the ‘foot of the Mountains’. “I honestly didn’t think I would still be here but it’s been a while now,” he said. “I’m enjoying my time here, the family’s settled, my little one’s three and settled in daycare. I’m happy at Penrith and I think the club’s heading in the right direction.” After a number of seasons of turmoil and

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town that Coote may not want to stay at the foot of the Mountains, and you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be plenty of interest in him should a deal not be struck with the Panthers for 2015 and beyond. Talking of Coote, I'd like to wish him a very happy 23rd birthday for tomorrow (April 6). Meanwhile, it's Brad Tighe's birthday today (April 5). He turns 29. The name 'Cartwright' will surely grace Penrith Stadium again in a first grade jersey in the not-too-distant future. Bryce Cartwright is absolutely carving up in the Holden Cup and is a forward with plenty of muscle and grunt but also some brilliant attacking skills. A St Marys junior and a third generation Cartwright to wear the Penrith jumper, he is extremely skilful and has already represented NSW at Under 16 and 18 level. Big things await this kid. We all know Phil Gould doesn't love his AFL but he was certainly impressed with David Simmons' AFL-style leap against the Titans last weekend. Simmons jumped into the air and batted the ball back to Wes Naiqama, who scored an excellent try out wide. Gus could be seen applauding from the stands. I'm a big fan of the match day television concept that many clubs have, but it's not quite working at the Panthers. Whilst the 'Panther TV' concept seems solid, it's not gaining any momentum because of its on-again, off-again format and long breaks between segments. The best option would be for it to be hosted on the field, and for it to be a 20 minute straight show, rather than snippets here and there. Ticket prices are always a big talking point but it is really about time the Panthers looked at a new way of doing things. Crowd numbers are poor at the moment and ticket prices are just way too expensive. It is $25 for a general admission ticket! That’s right, $25 to stand on the hill behind the posts. Even the $15 concession charge is too much. Ticket prices across the NRL are out of control and have put going to the footy out of reach for many families, which just shouldn’t happen.


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Name: Kristin W Age: 20 Occupation: Student My favourite thing about cheering for the Panthers is: Dancing in front of a big crowd in a great atmosphere plus the good seats at the game Five words that describe me: Determined, hungry, always dancing, honest My dream job is: Dancer on Broadway / getting paid to shop One thing most people would be surprised to learn about me is: I can quote every episode of ‘Friends’ My ideal first date would be: If the date includes food, I’m happy! My biggest influence/role model is: My mum

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Name: Lauren A Age: 23 Occupation: Teacher My favourite thing about cheering for the Panthers is: The thrill of performing in front of such big crowds Five words that describe me: Silly, happy, independent, passionate, outgoing My dream job is: Teaching children, which I am lucky enough to do One thing most people would be surprised to learn about me is: I am a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan My ideal first date would be: Casual and laid back My biggest influence/role model is: My parents, they are champions

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Name: Danielle L Age: 19 Occupation: Childcare Worker My favourite thing about cheering for the Panthers is: Dancing in front of a large group of people and getting the crowd pumped Five words that describe me: Outgoing, active, determined, adventurous, loyal My dream job is: Professional shopper One thing most people would be surprised to learn about me is: I’m obsessed with ‘Animal Planet’ My ideal first date would be: Going to the beach, getting spoilt and sipping on cocktails My biggest influence/role model is: Kendra Wilkinson

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Complacent Panthers PENRITH’S HOLDEN CUP SIDE BEAT THE TITANS 40-12, BUT THE COACH ISN’T A HAPPY CAMPER...

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ENRITH PANTHERS HOLDEN CUP coach Garth Brennan believes his side’s poor attitude towards the lowly Gold Coast Titans last weekend could have cost them their unbeaten streak in the National Youth Competition. In a massive and surprising blast, Brennan said his side were lucky to get away with the 40-12 win, claiming the young cubs were complacent and disinterested.

“I just thought we didn’t have our heads on for the game and I think the boys thought they would just turn up and the result would just happen,” he said. “I think they were looking at too many shortcuts and weren’t willing to work hard enough at the start.” The Panthers and Titans were locked up at 12-all at half time before the home side flicked a switch and regained control of the contest in the second half. “I think they turned it around a little bit after half time but I still don’t think their heads were on in the second half to be honest,” Brennan said.

“I just think they weren’t showing the opposition enough respect and it doesn’t matter what competition you are in you can’t do that. I thought the boys’ attitude was poor over the weekend to be honest.” However, despite Brennan’s blunt overview of the game, he said there were a number of players who stood out including hat-trick hero Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and makeshift halfback Bryce Cartwright. Meanwhile, the Windsor Wolves played out a thrilling 24-all draw against the Auckland Vulcans in New Zealand on Easter Monday. The week, the Wolves play their first home game of the year against Illawarra.

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S WE POWER THROUGH week five, ‘The Footy Show’ Insider sat down for an exclusive one on one with ‘The Footy Show’ funnyman Beau Ryan. Now an integral panellist Beau was quick to talk about his excitement in 2013. “This year has been great, we have a whole new look and it is very exciting to be at the new time of 8.30pm,” he said. “I’m very excited to be entertaining a whole new audience.” 2013 sees Beau involved in a number of brand new ventures including ‘I can’t believe Beau Ryan is in my house’ and ‘The Ryan Report’. “Both segments are a work in progress but I am looking forward to working with my good friend Dan Hunt as well as some new guests that you’ll see throughout the year,” he said. “As always I’m looking to entertain

everyone who watches ‘The Footy Show’”. Of course, ‘The Footy Show’ favourite, Beau Knows has been back bigger than ever this year. And Beau was quick to stop me when I suggested that maybe there’s the odd set up or two involved with this segment. “Beau Knows is real and we chat to real people,” he said. “It’s also a chance for fans to see another side of a footballer.” When asked about why western Sydney continues to be a favourite spot for his famous segments Beau responded: “The west is rugby league’s heartland, full of great people who are very passionate footy fans. It’s easy to have a lot of fun out here”. A proud member of ‘The Footy Show’ full-time panel and a noted funnyman,

Beau admits it is not always smooth sailing. “Now and then my antics can get me into trouble, but when it’s time to train, it’s time to be serious and I’m very serious about my footy,” he said. “There’s no harm in a little fun on the side.” ‘The Footy Show’ is back next week at 8.30pm and Beau Ryan is as excited as ever. “I can’t wait for the new timeslot, we’ll have even more fans to entertain each week,” he said. For more laughs tune into ‘The Footy Show’ LIVE at 8.30pm Thursdays on Channel Nine. Catch up on anything you’ve missed online at http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/ footyshow. Follow us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/NRLFootyShow.

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IRSTLY, I HOPE YOU all enjoyed a good break over the Easter weekend and didn’t indulge too much with the chocolate. Our Harold Matthews squad suffered their first loss of the season against South Sydney last weekend and this weekend will take on the Canberra Raiders in the last round of the competition. The SG Ball squad came away with a draw with just one point keeping them in first spot. A win against Canberra on the weekend will see them take out the minor premiership before embarking on the final series games. All players and staff must be congratulated on how they have represented themselves and our district throughout this competition and we wish them well moving into the finals. It was great to see the players take part in a lap of honour around Centrebet Stadium before the first grade game on Sunday. We have over 130 kids pre-registered for our ‘Come & Try’ day scheduled for Peter Van Hasselt Fields,

Shalvey, on Sunday, April 14. It’s not too late, if you want to come along and be part of the activities, which will be held between 11.00am and 1.00pm. You can still register online via our website. Team nominations have been submitted by our clubs and to date we have 436 teams nominated in our Saturday (U6 to U15) competitions and 85 for our Sunday (U16 to A Grade) competitions. These numbers do not include our U6 Restricted Weight competition and our Ladies competitions. Our Under 15 merit squad (pictured) travelled to Nyngan on the weekend to play in the Annual Easter Challenge and the boys did an excellent job taking out the final against Group 10 winning 20-10. We have been runners up for the past four years and you came away with the first win!

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In Gus we trust

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E IS THE RUGBY league powerhouse charged with turning the Penrith Panthers around. Phil ‘Gus’ Gould wears many hats – newspaper columnist, television commentator and of course, head honcho at the Panthers Since Gould arrived at the Panthers in late 2011, the club has undergone enormous change – Ivan Cleary was brought in as coach, Luke Lewis was released to join Cronulla, a host of new recruits were secured for the 2013 season and the words ‘hope’ and ‘belief’ started to mean a little more in the greater west. Gould has made massive leaps forward for the Panthers but the biggest challenge still

exists – turning around the team’s on-field performances. With worrying crowd numbers and threats from other sports obvious, it is up to Gould and his team to build a winning football side before the masses decide to look elsewhere. After last Sunday’s loss to the Titans, Gus was clearly disappointed with the side’s attitude and commitment. “The Panthers created a lot of second phase with some well-timed offloads, but often the man receiving the ball looks shocked and then confused about what to do next,” Gould said in his Herald column. “My feeling is that members of this team lack genuine self-belief. Until that changes, results won’t improve.”

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RUGBY LEAGUE

YOU R WEEKLY GUID E

NRL LADDER

UPCOMING

MATCHES

POS

TEAM

Pts

W

D

L

B

F

A

PD

1

Storm

8

4

0

0

0

116

64

52

2

Rabbitohs

8

4

0

0

0

103

66

37

3

Sea Eagles

6

3

0

1

0

94

30

64

4

Titans

6

3

0

1

0

90

36

54

5

Knights

6

3

0

1

0

104

60

44

6

Roosters

6

3

0

1

0

84

42

42

7

Sharks

4

2

0

2

0

64

53

11

Parramatta Eels

8

Wests Tigers

4

2

0

2

0

69

104

-35

PENRITH STADIUM

9

Broncos

2

1

0

3

0

62

68

-6

10

Bulldogs

2

1

0

3

0

62

79

-17

Sydney Roosters

11

Panthers

2

1

0

3

0

92

110

-18

ALLIANZ STADIUM

12

Dragons

2

1

0

3

0

58

94

-36

SUNDAY, MAY 5 @ 3.00PM

13

Eels

2

1

0

3

0

74

111

-37

14

Cowboys

2

1

0

3

0

58

98

-40

Melbourne Storm

15

Warriors

2

1

0

3

0

48

102

-54

SUNDAY, MAY 12 @ 6.30PM

16

Raiders

2

1

0

3

0

52

113

-61

New Zealand Warriors

LEGEND Pts Ladder points B Byes

W Wins F Points for

D Draws A Points against

L Losses PD Points differential

Panthers vs Newcastle Knights HUNTER STADIUM

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 @ 5.30PM

MONDAY, APRIL 29 @ 7.00PM

PENRITH STADIUM

PENRITH STADIUM SATURDAY, MAY 18 @ 7.30PM

This week’s Team Line-ups

Panthers

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Cowboys

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