Big Cats Ready To Rumble

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Robbie Farah was great in a losing cause for Wests against Newcastle. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 19 2012 – Wests Tigers 26 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Campbelltown Stadium
Round 7 2012 – Wests Tigers 30 d Penrith Panthers 0 at Panthers Stadium
Round 23 2011 – Wests Tigers 32 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Panthers Stadium
Round 11 2011 – Wests Tigers 20 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Campbelltown Stadium
Round 23 2010 – Wests Tigers 43 d Penrith Panthers at Campbelltown Stadium

Current Form

Tigers – L
Panthers – W

Wests Tigers  ran into a red-hot Newcastle outfit on Monday night, and will be looking for their first win of the season when they take on the Penrith Panthers  at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday afternoon. If they are going to collect the two points, they will have to show marked improvement on the dismal performance against the Knights where they missed 36 tackles and completed just 18 of 27 sets.

A new look Penrith outfit made a great start to its 2013 campaign with a 32-10 victory over Canberra, prompting coach Ivan Cleary to name the same side that fared so well last weekend. Six players made their debut for the club in that match and the entire 17 man playing group seemed to gel well and Panthers fans will be hoping they can play with the same intensity this week.

1st Tryscorer – New Tigers coach Mick Potter has entrusted Tim Moltzen  with the number one jersey and he made a decent start in a beaten team at Hunter Stadium effecting two tackle breaks a line break and scoring a late consolation try.

Josh Mansour  burst onto the scene last season, winning the 2012 Rookie of the Year award at Penrith and effecting the most tackle busts of any player in the competition. He also scored 7 tries in 13 matches and is a dangerous finisher when given a chance to cross the tryline.

Prediction – While the Tigers were disappointing against the Knights, they have won five on the trot against Penrith and have collected the two points on nine of the past 11 occasions that they have played at Campbelltown Stadium. This Panthers side has a harder edge that last year’s team however and can buck the trends to upset Wests. Penrith Panthers 1-12

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