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    Panthers vs Roosters

    NRL, 18 March, 2017

    Pepper Stadium
    Fulltime - Panthers 12, Roosters 14
    Panthers   Roosters
    12 FINAL SCORE 14
    1 TRIES 3
    Referee: Grant Atkins
    Touch judges: Jeff Younis & Dave Ryan
    Video Referee: Bryan Norrie

    Match result:

    It was a thoroughly enjoyable game at Pepper stadium, which has seen the Roosters get home by two points.

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    Final score
    Penrith Pathers 12
    Sydney Roosters 14

    Match preview:

    It’s a high-quality matchup in Penrith this Saturday night as the Penrith Panthers go up against the Sydney Roosters. Join The Roar from 7pm (AEDT) for live coverage.

    Penrith were abysmal, then electrifying in their two games in season 2017 and they’ll face a very stern challenge against a Roosters team that sits 2-0 and looks pretty sharp.

    The one area of concern for the Roosters though is their lapses in second halves this year. They’ve been on fire early, before switching off and giving opponents a sniff.

    The Panthers are a dangerous team to do this against – they can hurt teams from anywhere on the field and they do love to score piles of points quickly.

    In team news, Bryce Cartwright is out after injuring his ankle/leg against the Tigers last week while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak returns to the wing after having a knee cleanout to repair meniscus damage.

    For the visitors there’s a big out, with Blake Ferguson succumbing to a rib injury. He’s replaced in the centres by 20-year-old Joseph Manu.

    This will be a humdinger that can go either way, with the presumptive premiership challengers pitted against a side that’s done it all before.

    Both teams are great to watch and can get a scoring run going – tonight’s game will be won by the side that can get their defence organised quickly enough to get those runs under control. For me, that’s the Roosters.

    Roosters by 2.

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    • 9:15pm
      Minefield said | 9:15pm | ! Report

      Roosters got a few cheap decisions but Peachey was offside in the Blake non try. Is Roach the stupidiest commentator I the world. Offside is offside and irrelevant If Penrith drop it.

    • Columnist

      AJ Mithen said | 9:05pm | ! Report

      That’s it for me from Penrith, thanks for tuning in. If you haven’t gone there already, join Isaac Nowroozi for the Cowboys v Sea Eagles live from Townsville – there’s always a stack of live sport to choose from at The Roar!

    • 9:02pm
      jacksyd said | 9:02pm | ! Report

      I don’t support either team but its a tragedy when a team tries its heart out only to be denied by woeful refereeing.
      What does it tell you when the refs have to be escorted under heavy guard off the field?

    • Columnist

      AJ Mithen said | 9:02pm | ! Report

      POSSESSION: Panthers 47%, Roosters 53%
      LINE BREAKS: Panthers 2, Roosters 2
      PENALTIES: Panthers 9, Roosters 9
      TACKLES: Panthers 366, Roosters 328
      RUN METRES: Panthers 1318, Roosters 1233
      ERRORS: Panthers 8, Roosters 17

      Missed tackles: Panthers 24 Roosters 20
      Completion rates: Panthers 78%, Roosters 68%
      Tyrone Peachey 17 runs, 169 metres, 1 try, 1 offload, 5 tackle breaks
      Trent Merrin 16 runs, 154 metres, 44 tackles, 1 missed tackle
      TeMaire Martin 35 tackles, 4 missed tackles
      Mitchell Pearce 2 try assists, 2 line break assists
      Michael Gordon 2 tries, 4 tackle breaks, 1 line break
      Jake Friend 51 tackles

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      steveng said | 8:59pm | ! Report

      I would suggest that the NRL take all the touchies to get specticles, it will do the fans and the teams a big favor. The touchies tonight were hopeless and ‘YES’ that was a forward pass and not a flat pass. The Panthers got robbed!!!

      • 9:09pm
        jacksyd said | 9:09pm | ! Report

        Totally agree.
        If that’s how the roosters are going to be treated all year then hand them the premiership now.

      • Columnist

        AJ Mithen said | 9:28pm | ! Report

        Been more than a few dodgy and crucial calls and we’re only in round three…

    • 8:49pm
      Alex L said | 8:49pm | ! Report

      We’re seeing an awful number of broken orbital bones this year — Hiku, Hopoate, and now Fisher-Harris.

      • Columnist

        AJ Mithen said | 9:03pm | ! Report

        I do wonder Alex if that’s because everyone’s so beefy straight out of preseason.

        • 9:10pm
          Alex L said | 9:10pm | ! Report

          It’s unusual, a lot of them have been head clashes too; wondering if it’s not a side effect of players colliding front on.

    • Columnist

      AJ Mithen said | 8:48pm | ! Report


      A thoroughly enjoyable game at Pepper stadium has seen the Roosters get home by two points.

      It was a grinding, defensive effort indicative of the kind of pressure teams exert late in the season. Penrith fans will feel a bit hard done by with the decisive try coming from a suspect pass and there’s every chance they’ll be unhappy there was no penalty call on Michael Gordon’s last second tackle on a flying Tyrone Peachey, but looking at the play again he went in low and the tackle did appear to bounce up off the arm and ball.

      Both sides had period of dominance in game that had 25 errors and 18 penalties yet still remained compelling viewing right to the end in wet, greasy conditions.

      The Roosters move to 3-0 in 2017 while Penrith drop to 1-2, not that any of that matters so early in the season.

      So… what did you make of that one, Roarers?

    • 8:48pm
      Andrew said | 8:48pm | ! Report

      wow – poor panthers were hard done by there.

    • Columnist

      AJ Mithen said | 8:46pm | ! Report


      HELD UP!!!
      What a final play! Moylan crossed a kick from right to left that looked shallow, Hiku tipped the ball to Wallace, who tipped the ball to Peachey who looked for all money he was going to score before being coathangered by Michael Gordon, the ball was picked up by Kikau who was held up over the line and the Roosters survive!

      Panthers 12
      Roosters 14

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