Eh..Dave Fifita says helloPretty disappointing end to the Panthers streak. They didn't embarrass themselves, but despite having all the territory, they were comprehensively beaten six tries to three.
Penrith really missed having Kikau. They kept aiming their play down his side of the field, but Canberra were able to handle it comfortably. It seems to me that Maloney is the dominant playmaker and Cleary will only come into the play if Maloney wants him to. It got to the point where Whare was so sick of not getting any good ball, he went searching for it in-field only to look completely lost.
It seems odd to me because To'o has been one of their best performers in recent weeks and that Croker-Simonsson combination can be pretty sketchy.
The play that sums the Raiders up at the moment is their propensity to strip the ball. They're the best exponents of the rule at the moment and they've turned a lot of games on the back of it. I'd have to see it again, but at 26-18, Bateman came up with a strip that actually may have been 1-1 with no other involvement.
Speaking of John Bateman, is there a better edge forward in the game at the moment? There's some quality players like Ryan Matterson, Curtis Sironen, Viliame Kikau etc. but Bateman just seems more assertive.
This is one of many problems with the NRL. Whether he did something wrong or not, the refs shouldn’t be talking to players or coaches in the tunnel, it is just such an amateurish organization.