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    Wyong Roos vs Penrith Panthers

    2017 New South Wales Cup final, 24 September, 2017

    Leichhardt Oval, Lillyfield, Sydney, NSW
    Wyong Roos Penrith Panthers
    12 SCORE 20
    2 Tries 4
    1 Conversions 2
    1 Penalty Goals 0
    0 Field Goals 0

    Match result:

    Penrith put a full stop of the Sydney Roosters’ rugby league weekend from hell when they defeated Wyong 20-12 to claim the NSW Cup premiership on Sunday.

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    Final score
    Wyong Roos 12
    Penrith Panthers 20

    Match preview:

    Minor premiers the Wyong Roos have made their second NSW Cup grand final in three years, but standing in their way will be forwards heavy, but possibly unsettled Penrith Panthers. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 6:45pm (AEST).

    The Roos had a fantastic season, finishing four points clear of any other team on the ladder. Despite that, the unpredictability of the NSW Cup means they only won 16 of their 22 games, with three byes and a couple of draws to go with it.

    At their best, with a settled halves combination of Jayden Nikorima and Mitchell Cornish, they were brilliant. The couple of draws probably distort their ladder position and they have been strong during the finals, if not brilliant.

    Wyong needed extra time to get past the Canterbury Bulldogs in a qualifying final during the first week, but then used the week off to come good at the end of their contest with the New Zealand Warriors last week, advancing to the grand final with a hard-fought 16-12 win.

    The Panthers have had a disrupted season, which is hardly a surprise. Their first-grade side have been chopping and changing all year, and early it looked like Penrith were going to have Dylan Edwards in the mix. He has made it in the NRL though, but it didn’t stop the Panthers from having a strong year.

    They marched up the ladder, finishing in third position. On the back of halves Jerome Luai and Darren Nicholls, combining with former Dragons hooker Mitch Rein, they have played an exciting style and finished with the most points in the competition.

    What sets them apart is their defence though. Rein is one of the best defensive hookers in the game and working with bruising forwards Villiame Kikau and Sitaleki Akauola, they have conceded just 318 points – less than any other side by 50.

    The Panthers finished third, winning two less games than the Roos throughout the regular season but smashed the Warriors in the first week of the finals before going past the Bulldogs 16-12 last week.

    Wyong’s pack will need to be on fire to match it with Penrith – but they have some incredible talent coming through, with the Roosters feeder club having Eloni Vunakece, Lindsay Collins and Nat Butcher at their disposal.

    Wyong might have a settled side and go into this as favourites, but Mitch Rein tilts the balance in the favour of Penrith. Mitch Williams, his opposite number is a good player, but containing Rein will be a key here for the Roos, and they mightn’t be able to do it well enough.

    Panthers by 8.

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    • 9:05pm
      Glenn said | 9:05pm | ! Report

      Who cares

      • 9:11pm
        Peter said | 9:11pm | ! Report

        You. Otherwise you wouldn’t have commented. Unless you were just desperate for attention from someone, anyone?

    • Roar Pro

      Ben Lewis said | 8:43pm | ! Report

      Well I’ve got to take my hat off to you Scotty; prediction was spot on.

      I’m a bit disappointed with the result I must say, I think that Wyong could have benefitted from finally winning the state’s grand final, considering they don’t see all that many NRL matches in their area, as opposed to Penrith. I’ve a bit of a soft spot for them as well; despite being affiliated with the Roosters. I’ve seen enough of Penrith in the State Championship, too 😛

      So PNG v Penrith before the GF next Sunday; I’m not too keen on either of them, but I reckon Penrith will win by 13+.

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 8:46pm | ! Report

        Haha cheers Ben,

        Penrith weren’t in the state championship last year – that was Illawarra, and hey if the Roosters are losing, it’s happy days right?

        I’d love to see PNG win, but yeah I think they played their grand final today.

        • Roar Pro

          Ben Lewis said | 9:20pm | ! Report

          Yeah, that annihilation was the Cutters but I meant back in 2014; I trekked down to the NSW Cup grand final; barracked the Knights out of sympathy for their NRL side, and watched them lose. A week later I was at the NRL grand final and watched Penrith give up a lead and send the first state championship to Queensland.

          Well, yes that’s true; a loss for the Roosters is normally happy days 😛

          I’m with you on PNG too, today would have taken a lot out of them and 27 errors isn’t something that can be glossed over.

          • Roar Guru

            Scott Pryde said | 9:35pm | ! Report

            Nope – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a higher error count?

            • Roar Pro

              Ben Lewis said | 11:28pm | ! Report

              I can’t think of a worse one off the top of my head; apparently the turf on Suncorp Stadium had the greatest share of possession between the two teams!

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 8:41pm | ! Report

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      Thanks for joining me this evening for The Roar’s live coverage of the 2017 NSW Cup Final as the Penrith Panthers defeated the Wyong Roos. They will now take on the Papua New Guinea Hunters next Sunday in the State Challenge.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

      The Roar will be back on Wednesday night with the Dally M Medal Ceremony at 8:30pm (AEST), then all three games next Sunday.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 8:38pm | ! Report

      Well, the Panthers were just too good there. Their pack were brilliant. It’s a youthful pack, but there was NRL experience there, and they dominated the game. The scoreboard probably doesn’t show their dominance after a very clunky first half.

      Wyong – minor premiers and it’s been a very tough 24 hours at the Roosters.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 8:35pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the game Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 8:34pm | ! Report


      The Panthers bring it away from the scrum, run down the clock and that’s just about going to do it here. Sivo runs over halfway, then Katoa takes the last.

      The siren rings and the Penrith Panthers are New South Wales Cup champions.

      Wyong Roos 12
      Penrith Panthers 20

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 8:31pm | ! Report

      78′ – Momirovski goes left with a run, then Vunakece. They are setting for a shift right, and here it comes. Butcher to Toovey-White and he offloads to Nikorima who finds Manu. He is in space down the sideline, but the defence slide, cover, run him to the touchline and his flick inside to Tuivasa-Sheck is no good, going over the sideline.

      Penrith hold on. That’ll be in. Inside the final 2 minutes.

      Roos 12
      Panthers 20

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