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The Penrith Panthers are an Australian rugby league football team reigning from Penrith, New South Wales. The Panthers compete in the NRL (National Rugby League) premiership, the top rugby league football competition in Australasia. The Panthers were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition in 1967, predecessor of the ARL (Australian Rugby League) and the current NRL competition.

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Storm beat Penrith, alone atop ladder - ESPN

Apr 1, 2017

Melbourne are flying solo at the top of the NRL ladder after maintaining their unbeaten start with a hard-fought 28-6 win over Penrith.

With the Sydney Roosters falling to Manly on Friday night for their first loss of the season, the Storm are the only team yet to to taste defeat in 2017.

Despite the comfortable margin, they were made to work for it against the Panthers at AAMI Park.

Melbourne got off to blazing start and Penrith looked a little stunned as the home side raced to a 10-0 lead.

Will Chambers pushed his case for Queensland Origin selection when he set up the first try with a sweet backhand flick pass to winger Suli Vunivalu, who was a late inclusion after overcoming a shoulder injury.

Chambers then got one of his own after some quick hands across the Storm backline with Cooper Cronk finding his man.

But the Panthers sparked to life and dominated the last 20...


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Penrith Panthers not on their knees over local junior numbers in western Sydney - Wide World of Sports

Media reports over the weekend suggest that the NRL is planning a “$100 million rescue strategy to stop the mass exodus of junior players in Western Sydney that is threatening the game’s future”.

This announcement has come in response to a report that suggests junior registration numbers have plummeted as much as 15% across Western Sydney.

Woah!! Just woah!!

Before the NRL goes spending any more money on so-called “strategies” to increase participation at the Junior League level, they really need to talk to the people who work in this space every day of the week.

The NRL’s game development division has been an abject failure ever since its inception. We warned the NRL they were on the wrong track from the very beginning. They have spent millions and millions of dollars in a flawed strategy. Having now admitted that what they’ve been doing isn’t working, they want to conduct a...


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Live updates: Penrith Panthers vs New Zealand Warriors - NRL - Newshub

PANTHERS 36 - 28 WARRIORS

FULLTIME: That is it! The comeback of the century (in rugby league)

It is the Super Bowl all over again. The team trailing 28-6 has come back to win the game. Could you compare it to the America's Cup?  Either way, the Panthers who trailed 28-6 at the break have won 36-28. 

78mins: The Warriors clean up at the back but it means nothing. 30 unanswered points for the home side just wow. 

77mins: I might sound like i'm grumpy but that pass WAS forward. But the Bunker can not rule on forward passes so oh well.

76mins: TRY PANTHERS: Tyrone Peachey looks like he has sealed the win for the Panthers. Foran tries chasing him down, but with a suspect hamstring he can't do much. Peachy loves the Warriors. 

75mins: Great set by the Warriors. Foran puts up a bomb but Watene-Zelezniak catches and breaks the line. 

75mins: Fus takes the high ball and the Warriors must make...


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Anthony Griffin's cool, calm demeanour behind Panthers stunning comeback — Highs, Lows, Big Blows - Fox Sports

IT was the resurrection you wouldn’t read about outside of the good book, sparked by the half time speech you’d never expect.

Over the course of rugby league’s colourful history coaches have ripped doors from their hinges, slapped their stars silly and stripped enough paint to keep Dulux in the black for another millennium.

Early last year Rabbitohs boss Michael Maguire wielded a baseball bat in the sheds, imploring his battling side to keep swinging for the cheap seats.

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Anthony Griffin is said to have taken the verbal equivalent to his side after their car crash in Brisbane a few weeks back, and when they marched off the Penny Park pitch, down 28-6 and booed by their own, he was due at the plate again.


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'I'd love another crack' — Wallace - dailytelegraph.com.au

PETER Wallace admits this time last year he thought his career in the NRL was as good as over.

Now the Penrith veteran is on the verge of completing one of the most remarkable comebacks in State of Origin history.

And with speculation growing the 31-year-old is ahead of Robbie Farah in the race for the NSW No. 9 jersey to be announced on Monday, the tough-as-nails hooker told The Daily Telegraph: “I’d love another crack”.

Peter Wallace has been focused on getting the Penrith Panthers winning again. Picture: Darren England.

The word is Wallace only needs to get through Penrith’s game against Newcastle on Sunday and he will get the call-up from Laurie Daley to play his first Origin in eight years.

It would put Wallace second on the list of players who had the longest break between Origins.

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Penrith Panthers rule out play for Melbourne Storm NRL star Cooper ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Phil Gould says Cooper Cronk looks increasingly likely to retire after this NRL season, with the Penrith boss emphatically ruling out making a play for the departing Melbourne superstar.

Gould believes Cronk's glittering NRL career might be over at the end of the Storm's 2017 campaign.

Bowing out? Cooper Cronk. Bowing out? Cooper Cronk. Photo: Getty Images

"I've said it all along. I don't think he will play - I don't think he should play."

Cronk last month announced he would leave the Storm at the end of the year and move to Sydney to join his fiancee.

But Sydney-based options for the Australian and Queensland halfback appear to be dwindling, with Gould hosing down suggestions the Panthers would be a natural fit for Cronk.

"Who comes up with this rubbish? Honestly, who comes up with this?" Gould said on his Six Tackles With Gus podcast.

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Live NRL scores 2017: Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers - The Sydney Morning Herald

Penrith Win

A late consolation try to the Knights wasn't enough to shift the end result, with Penrith running out winners 30-20. Newcastle were their own worst enemy in the second half, making far too many errors to have any chance of winning. Penrith, after a poor first half, were good enough to make their opposition pay in the second 40. 

Trent Merrin has been named man of the match after stepping up in the second half with a number of damaging runs and strong offloads. 

Matt Moylan has the first double of his NRL career. after capitalising on yet another Newcastle error. Dane Gagai was unable to ground a rolling ball in the in goal area, Moylan, the opportunist, quickly pouncing to score the try.

And would you believe it, the Knights have dropped the ball again. Their ball control in the second half has been...


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Corey twerking his way to success - dailytelegraph.com.au

TO PROVE nobody at Penrith expected Corey Harawira-Naera to make his NRL debut this year, you only have to watch his try celebration dance.

The young Kiwi was told to goof around while filming because the footage would never make it to game day and be shown on the big screen at Pepper Stadium.

But in round four, Panthers fans quickly fell in love with Harawira-Naera — and his famous pre-recorded twerking celebration.

Corey Harawira-Naera celebrates Penrith’s victory over the New Zealand Warriors at Pepper Stadium last weekend. Picture: Getty Images

Most fans at the foot of the Blue Mountains already had a healthy respect for James Fisher-Harris, now they are just as grateful to have another young Kiwi backrower with a hyphenated surname.

Harawira-Naera and Fisher-Harris were plucked from the far north of New Zealand at the end of 2013 — local recruiter Jim Larkin recommended the...


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Cityrail Rooster Smith's long haul - dailytelegraph.com.au

CHRIS Smith is hardly your Bondi Junction stereotype.

For a start, he catches a train into Roosters HQ each day. From Penrith.

His long Cityrail commute from Sydney’s west, which on a good day takes around 60 minutes, is just another part of his push for NRL stardom.

Right now, Smith remains more anonymous than even his surname

Chris Smith starred for the Roosters in their Auckland Nines success. Picture: Mark Evans

Still only 23, this rising enforcer from the Northern Territory — a kid who grew up worrying about sharing his swimming hole with crocodiles — is using State of Origin’s effect on club football to ensure his NRL future.

With the Roosters having lost five players to the NSW and Queensland squads, Smith has been catapulted into Sunday’s clash against Canberra — named on the bench of a makeshift side missing Mitchell Pearce, Boyd Cordner, Dylan Napa, Blake Ferguson and...


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Penrith Panthers hit with double injury whammy with Peter Wallace and Bryce Cartwright both out - dailytelegraph.com.au

PENRITH have been dealt a double injury blow with Peter Wallace and Bryce Cartwright looking at a possible six weeks on the sidelines.

While Wallace had his Origin dream ruined by a grade two groin tear, there were fears at the foot of the mountains Cartwright could be sidelined between a month and six weeks with a knee injury.

Cartwright was forced from the field midway through the second half of the Panthers’ 30-20 victory over the Knights.

There were initial fears Cartwright may have ruptured his ACL in his “good’’ left knee, but scans yesterday confirmed a lateral meniscus tear.

The Panthers confirmed Cartwright would meet with a surgeon later this week to decide if surgery was required.

Peter Wallace is looking at a long stint on the sidelines

If he did not require surgery, Cartwright could be back after the bye round to face the Bulldogs with a painkiller.

However, those...


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Highlights: Brisbane Broncos blow away Penrith Panthers - Newshub

A Matt Moylan-inspired mini-comeback has convinced Anthony Griffin that a battling Penrith will fight their way out of their NRL downward spiral.

But Wayne Bennett wasn't so sure after Brisbane held on for a 32-18 win at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night - the Panthers' fifth straight loss.

Pressure is building on Penrith coach Griffin after the early-season favourites slumped to a 2-7 season start.

In the NRL era just two of 41 teams have started a season with that tally and made the top eight.  No side has made the top four from the Panthers' position.

Penrith may need to win 10 of their remaining 15 matches to get to 28 competition points, usually the finals cut-off.

"At the moment the competition has its foot on our throat," Griffin said.

"There's no easy way out of it but we will get out of it.

"We are just finding a way to lose at the moment but that's also part of learning...


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NRL Season 2017: Penrith Panthers in freefall as Brisbane Broncos push them to fifth-consecutive defeat - The Sydney Morning Herald

Crisis? Can we now call it a crisis? Nine rounds, two wins and now a fifth consecutive defeat. For the Penrith Panthers, a team many felt could contend for a grand final, these are worrying times.

Wayne Bennett was convinced Penrith would step up to the plate at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night against the Broncos. Most teams love the occasion, Bennett reasoned, and the Panthers were just too good to keep being this bad.

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Penrith Panthers not on their knees over local junior numbers in western Sydney - Wide World of Sports

Media reports over the weekend suggest that the NRL is planning a “$100 million rescue strategy to stop the mass exodus of junior players in Western Sydney that is threatening the game’s future”.

This announcement has come in response to a report that suggests junior registration numbers have plummeted as much as 15% across Western Sydney.

Woah!! Just woah!!

Before the NRL goes spending any more money on so-called “strategies” to increase participation at the Junior League level, they really need to talk to the people who work in this space every day of the week.

The NRL’s game development division has been an abject failure ever since its inception. We warned the NRL they were on the wrong track from the very beginning. They have spent millions and millions of dollars in a flawed strategy. Having now admitted that what they’ve been doing isn’t working, they want to conduct a...


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Live updates: Penrith Panthers vs New Zealand Warriors - NRL - Newshub

PANTHERS 36 - 28 WARRIORS

FULLTIME: That is it! The comeback of the century (in rugby league)

It is the Super Bowl all over again. The team trailing 28-6 has come back to win the game. Could you compare it to the America's Cup?  Either way, the Panthers who trailed 28-6 at the break have won 36-28. 

78mins: The Warriors clean up at the back but it means nothing. 30 unanswered points for the home side just wow. 

77mins: I might sound like i'm grumpy but that pass WAS forward. But the Bunker can not rule on forward passes so oh well.

76mins: TRY PANTHERS: Tyrone Peachey looks like he has sealed the win for the Panthers. Foran tries chasing him down, but with a suspect hamstring he can't do much. Peachy loves the Warriors. 

75mins: Great set by the Warriors. Foran puts up a bomb but Watene-Zelezniak catches and breaks the line. 

75mins: Fus takes the high ball and the Warriors must make...


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Penrith Panthers rule out play for Melbourne Storm NRL star Cooper Cronk - The Sydney Morning Herald

Phil Gould says Cooper Cronk looks increasingly likely to retire after this NRL season, with the Penrith boss emphatically ruling out making a play for the departing Melbourne superstar.

Gould believes Cronk's glittering NRL career might be over at the end of the Storm's 2017 campaign.

Bowing out? Cooper Cronk. Bowing out? Cooper Cronk. Photo: Getty Images

"I've said it all along. I don't think he will play - I don't think he should play."

Cronk last month announced he would leave the Storm at the end of the year and move to Sydney to join his fiancee.

But Sydney-based options for the Australian and Queensland halfback appear to be dwindling, with Gould hosing down suggestions the Panthers would be a natural fit for Cronk.

"Who comes up with this rubbish? Honestly, who comes up with this?" Gould said on his Six Tackles With Gus podcast.

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Anthony Griffin's cool, calm demeanour behind Panthers stunning comeback — Highs, Lows, Big Blows - Fox Sports

IT was the resurrection you wouldn’t read about outside of the good book, sparked by the half time speech you’d never expect.

Over the course of rugby league’s colourful history coaches have ripped doors from their hinges, slapped their stars silly and stripped enough paint to keep Dulux in the black for another millennium.

Early last year Rabbitohs boss Michael Maguire wielded a baseball bat in the sheds, imploring his battling side to keep swinging for the cheap seats.

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Anthony Griffin is said to have taken the verbal equivalent to his side after their car crash in Brisbane a few weeks back, and when they marched off the Penny Park pitch, down 28-6 and booed by their own, he was due at the plate again.

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Live NRL scores 2017: Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers - The Sydney Morning Herald

Penrith Win

A late consolation try to the Knights wasn't enough to shift the end result, with Penrith running out winners 30-20. Newcastle were their own worst enemy in the second half, making far too many errors to have any chance of winning. Penrith, after a poor first half, were good enough to make their opposition pay in the second 40. 

Trent Merrin has been named man of the match after stepping up in the second half with a number of damaging runs and strong offloads. 

Matt Moylan has the first double of his NRL career. after capitalising on yet another Newcastle error. Dane Gagai was unable to ground a rolling ball in the in goal area, Moylan, the opportunist, quickly pouncing to score the try.

And would you believe it, the Knights have dropped the ball again. Their ball control in the second half has been...


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NRL Season 2017: Penrith Panthers in freefall as Brisbane Broncos push them to fifth-consecutive defeat - The Sydney Morning Herald

Crisis? Can we now call it a crisis? Nine rounds, two wins and now a fifth consecutive defeat. For the Penrith Panthers, a team many felt could contend for a grand final, these are worrying times.

Wayne Bennett was convinced Penrith would step up to the plate at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night against the Broncos. Most teams love the occasion, Bennett reasoned, and the Panthers were just too good to keep being this bad.

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Storm beat Penrith, alone atop ladder - ESPN

Apr 1, 2017

Melbourne are flying solo at the top of the NRL ladder after maintaining their unbeaten start with a hard-fought 28-6 win over Penrith.

With the Sydney Roosters falling to Manly on Friday night for their first loss of the season, the Storm are the only team yet to to taste defeat in 2017.

Despite the comfortable margin, they were made to work for it against the Panthers at AAMI Park.

Melbourne got off to blazing start and Penrith looked a little stunned as the home side raced to a 10-0 lead.

Will Chambers pushed his case for Queensland Origin selection when he set up the first try with a sweet backhand flick pass to winger Suli Vunivalu, who was a late inclusion after overcoming a shoulder injury.

Chambers then got one of his own after some quick hands across the Storm backline with Cooper Cronk finding his man.

But the Panthers sparked to life and dominated the last 20...


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Highlights: Brisbane Broncos blow away Penrith Panthers - Newshub

A Matt Moylan-inspired mini-comeback has convinced Anthony Griffin that a battling Penrith will fight their way out of their NRL downward spiral.

But Wayne Bennett wasn't so sure after Brisbane held on for a 32-18 win at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night - the Panthers' fifth straight loss.

Pressure is building on Penrith coach Griffin after the early-season favourites slumped to a 2-7 season start.

In the NRL era just two of 41 teams have started a season with that tally and made the top eight.  No side has made the top four from the Panthers' position.

Penrith may need to win 10 of their remaining 15 matches to get to 28 competition points, usually the finals cut-off.

"At the moment the competition has its foot on our throat," Griffin said.

"There's no easy way out of it but we will get out of it.

"We are just finding a way to lose at the moment but that's also part of learning...


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2 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 17 1 6
3 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (P) 24 17 1 6
4 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 15 0 9
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 15 0 9
6 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 14 0 10
7 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 14 0 10
8 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 11 1 12
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13
10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 10 0 14
11 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 10 0 14
12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 9 0 15
13 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 8 0 16
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