General Rd 14 - Pamfers vs Warriors Preview!

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Panthers vs Warriors
Centrebet stadium
June 11th, 5:30pm

Goodbye Gallop, Hello Ivan! We’re up against the Pamfers in probably the least anticipated of Monday Night Football clashes in recent times. The Warriors travel to the foot of the mountains to take on their old mentor and his flavoured milk powered club. It’s 9th vs 14th, yet only 2 competition points separate the teams. Make no mistake, this will be the definition of mediocrity.

Recent Form: The Pamfers are coming off a win and a bye, surprising a few people with their 22-4 win over the Sea Eagles in round 12. It was never going to be an easy task, but Ivan seems to be making inroads at Penrith – aided (or hindered?) by a disease-ridden Gus Gould. Either way, you’ve got to admire Ivan’s insatiable desire to take on lost causes, I wish him well.

As for the Warriors, it’s halfway through the season and I give us a solid ‘C’ so far. What can I say about the Storm game? Surprisingly, we were the quicker of the 2 teams out of the blocks to take a 12-0 lead early on. From there, it was one way traffic. The clinical Melbourne side simply hung onto the ball and ran us down. I suppose we didn’t get beaten by as much as I thought we would, but the 2nd half was simply woeful. ‘Directionless’ is the word that sprung to mind, and I’m going to level some criticism at the coach.

Ivan toiled for years to turn our flash-in-the-pan style of football into a team that played with structure combined with a natural flair. So far this season we so often look like a directionless rabble. For mine, Johnson and Mateo seem the most out-of-sorts, neither look quite sure of the style of football the team is after. The emphasis on defence that had been the flavour of seasons gone by seems to be well and truly priority #2. While I like Bluey, listening to him talk I sometimes wonder whether he has the mental capacity to understand when a change in tactic/emphasis is needed (and yes I mean more than just swapping Manu to the opposite wing for no apparent reason).

Players to watch: If the Panthers had the worst (or close to) squad on paper at the start of the season, then the absence of Lewis, Jennings and Grant makes this team look like a who’s who of the NSW cup. Of what’s remaining in their lineup - Josh Mansour has impressed me over the past few weeks. We know what to expect from the likes of Walsh and Coote – an over reliance on their kicking game.

As far as the Warriors are concerned, well I suggest keeping an eye on the trainers and physio pacing the sideline in anticipation of our next injury. Steve Rapira returns at prop in place of his brother, and I’m guessing the collective aim is to get through a whole game. On a more serious note though, I’ll be interested to see how he shapes up in his new found position. Personally I’ve never been a massive fan, though perhaps between he and his brother they can make up 1 complete NRL player.

The man on everyone’s mind, lips (and hips) however is Kevin Locke. How we have missed Kevin at the back. It’s been a while since a fullback has completed 80 mins in the number 1 jersey and we’re all praying Kevin can survive the 80 (not least of all James Maloney).

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My prediction: Don’t expect to be enthralled. Both teams are desperate for a win to keep their dwindling seasons alive. The Panthers are Origin hit, the Warriors aren’t. We’re favourites heading into this clash and rightly so. I expect a victory, but an unconvincing one. Anything less and we’re up shit’s creek. Warriors 26 – 18.
 
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Given Locke's uncertainty re injury it is strange that no real cover at FB in the 17. Maloney needs to be at 6.
 
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Warriors have been playing top teams..Storm, Broncos, Tigers, Rabbits.. Penrith are a few clicks below this.. Warriors 12 points Victors!
 
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i'm wondering what bluey has on his elma fudd mind. fish on extended bench? you would only name him if there if there was still injury concerns with locke or a winger. or will this be the big 'surprise' switching manu to forwards so bluey can show ivan his innovative side.
 
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I hope our defence stays strong. Cleary know's who to target better then anyone (maybe even Bluey) and if the panthers make an example out of us then it will just give our future opponents more ammo.
 
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i see this as a chance for the warriors to make a big statement and gain some much needed confidence and momentum.
warriors win 13+
30 - 14
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panthers centres look a bit on the small side. i can see manu and the hurrelcane terrorising them all game.

my only concern is travis burns. he gives me the shits. he is a full on, mongrel, never give up type player. if he has a good game might be different result than the one i am predicting
 
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Being a Monday Night and in Penrith it will be cold but the 5.30pm start will help the dew factor so im thinkng offloads galore. Mateo needs to be told by Bluey "Go For It". Seems like hes being held back IMO. Other than that Warriors should win and win comfortable
 
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Every time we go in to these Games where we are ' supposed to win ' I get a bit nervous.

Panthers ...Ivan versus the Warriors....I see an Ambush and a Fight of epic proportions if the Warriors wan't to win they will have to stand over an army of united , highly motivated desperate journeymen.

It's spooky how the Panthers play Ivan Ball now....too weird to contemplate what that will be like for our players to face.

Lewis Brown to be a spoiler on trial for his new Dad Ivan. Two Tries Brown.
 
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Why is the game at 5.30?

Monday night footy is weird, more often than not there is an upset. I hope not coz we need this win to keep our season on track, If we lose to the panthers then Im not too confident that we can go all the way.

I hope Brown has a blinder, but it doesn't seem likely. He seems a bit flat, like he's not confident at all about playing at hooker and it shows. Fingers crossed Locke doesn't get injured.

When is Friend due back? It will be nice when we have our first choice spine back together again
 
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Cleary has been waiting for this game...I want the Warriors to win. But i can see the Panthers playing out of there skin for this game

Manu and Tupou will see alot of traffic and bombs
 
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Cleary has been waiting for this game...I want the Warriors to win. But i can see the Panthers playing out of there skin for this game

Manu and Tupou will see alot of traffic and bombs
I think you will see more backup for Manu....Cleary will be thinking how to slow down Maloney and SJ first
 
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Every time we go in to these Games where we are ' supposed to win ' I get a bit nervous.

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What i'm concerned about is in TD's preview where we win but in really unconvincing fashion, and then face yet another week of not knowing where we stand.

If we lose.. may god have mercy on our souls..
 
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Good to see Locke back. On paper our line up looks far superior to the black cats but on current form i think this will be a close one

Panthers 16-14
Hurrell FTS
Weston MOM

PS the panther growl that plays over the sound system at penrith is so cool man
 
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If we don't win this game in good fashion then I'm afraid my belief in Bluey and the team for 2012 will be all but gone.
 
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If we don't win this game in good fashion then I'm afraid my belief in Bluey and the team for 2012 will be all but gone.
lol.. and so will you be from this forum until pre-season next year?

I'm almost inclined to agree.. However, i think with the roster we have, you could never discount the likelihood of a late charge.
 
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lol.. and so will you be from this forum until pre-season next year?

I'm almost inclined to agree.. However, i think with the roster we have, you could never discount the likelihood of a late charge.

I'm a fan of this team/club... I want to watch them win a championship and I feel if we can't beat an seriously understrength penrith (who at full strength we should beat) then my ability to see past the negatives of this season will be severely reduced.
I'm running on a nearly empty tank in terms of my optimism, my fanship is not in question.
 
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Must win. Nuff said.
 
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I'm a fan of this team/club... I want to watch them win a championship and I feel if we can't beat an seriously understrength penrith (who at full strength we should beat) then my ability to see past the negatives of this season will be severely reduced.
I'm running on a nearly empty tank in terms of my optimism, my fanship is not in question.
haha, i wasn't questioning your fanship.. just making reference to when you said you hadn't been posting because you were lacking enthusiasm. Enthusiasm will be at an all time low if we lose to this Penrith team

I definitely feel where you're coming from.. It's been a torturous season so far. I kinda wish we'd just decide if we're gonna be good.. or shit.. and just stick with it. I'm really not looking forward to be sitting on 24 points with 8 other clubs, 2 rounds still to play.. (especially not with our points diff)
 
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i see this as a chance for the warriors to make a big statement and gain some much needed confidence and momentum.
warriors win 13+
30 - 14
first try scorer hurrell or vatuvai
mom hurrell or vatuvai

panthers centres look a bit on the small side. i can see manu and the hurrelcane terrorising them all game.

my only concern is travis burns. he gives me the shits. he is a full on, mongrel, never give up type player. if he has a good game might be different result than the one i am predicting
pretty close. matulino mom i think
 
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