NRL Match Previews - Penrith v Sydney (Finals Week 2)

18-09-2010 07:45PM at Sydney Football Stadium

Referee: Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins
Touch Judges: David Abood and Russell Turner
Referee: Steve Clark

Make no mistake - the Roosters were unbelievably lucky last week. Granted, they made all the big plays when they needed to and deserve credit for their remarkable victory, but not until Todd Carney took over did they really show any direction in that match. The same can be said for the Panthers - not until they threw away their game plan and played on instinct against the Raiders did they show signs of a being a real semi final football team. Perhaps a symptom of being over-coached?

If Brian Smith hands over the reigns to Pearce and Carney on Saturday night at the SFS, the Panthers are in trouble. If not, then we have another very close game and the Panthers are a chance. We predict the latter unfolds and the visitors stay close until late when Carney realises he can win this game whenever he wants to - and does so. The boys from Penrith do not go quietly though - and this will be another memorable finals match but ultimately, it's Mad Monday time for the Mountain Men.

My Tip: Roosters 24-18

The Teams

  Sydney Roosters               Penrith Panthers 
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A. Cherrington
J. Ford
B. Cordner
1. Anthony MinichielloFullback1. Michael Gordon
2. Phil GrahamWing2. Sandor Earl
3. Kane LinnettCentre3. Michael Jennings
4. Shaun Kenny-DowallCentre4. Brad Tighe
5. Sam PerrettWing5. Adrian Purtell
6. Todd CarneyFive Eighth6. Travis Burns
7. Mitchell PearceHalfback7. Luke Walsh
8. Jason RylesProp8. Sam McKendry
9. Jake FriendHooker9. Kevin Kingston
10. Frank-Paul NuuausalaProp10. Petero Civoniceva
11. Braith AnastaSecond Row11. Nathan Smith
12. Mitchell AubussonSecond Row12. Gavin Cooper
13. Nate MylesLock13. Luke Lewis
14. Martin KennedyInterchange15. Matthew Bell
15. Jared Waerea-HargreavesInterchange16. Tim Grant
16. Daniel ConnInterchange17. Frank Puletua
17. Joseph LeiluaInterchange20. Wade Graham
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T. Waterhouse
L. Coote
F. Pritchard

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 5 CUA Stadium Penrith Panthers 28-6
2009 Round 11 CUA Stadium, Penrith Penrith Panthers 48-6
2008 Round 14 Sydney Football Stadium Sydney Roosters 32-12
2008 Round 5 CUA Stadium, Penrith Sydney Roosters 28-12
2007 Round 24 Sydney Football Stadium Penrith Panthers 28-22

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