Sunday 26 February 2017

The Postman's Predicted #NRL Round 1 Team: Penrith Panthers | #SuperCoach #NRLFantasy

National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - February 26, 2017

NRL SuperCoach and NRL Fantasy pundits rejoice - your old mate The Postman is back with his take on the 17 Panthers he believes Anthony Griffin will pick for Round 1:

  1. Matt MOYLAN
  2. Dean WHARE
  3. Waqa BLAKE
  4. Tyrone PEACHEY
  5. Peta HIKU
  6. Te Maire MARTIN
  7. Nathan CLEARY
  8. James TAMOU
  9. Peter WALLACE
  11. Bryce CARTWRIGHT
  12. Isaah YEO
  13. Trent MERRIN
  14. Mitch REIN
  16. Leilani LATU
  17. Moses LEOTA or Sitaleki AKAUOLA or Tim BROWNE
The Postman's Squad Analysis:
  • Even with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Josh Mansour unavailable for Round 1 - the Panthers are still able to leave a talent like Dylan Edwards out of their backline. Normal first choice centres Whare and Hiku are returning from long-term injuries and will likely start on the wing - with Blake and Peachey's form at the back end of last season just too good to move them right now. Edwards however is ready to go if given the chance.
  • The halves combo of Martin and Cleary has the potential to be great for a long long time - you'd watch the Panthers play for this pair alone!
  • That leaves Matt Moylan in his best spot of fullback - but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be the #6 for NSW... but that argument is for another time.
  • Up front - Tamou starts with RCG or Latu getting the #10 jersey alongside him - the other will make the bench. With Sam McKendry's knee injury (again, poor bloke) and Mitch Rein seemingly making the bench to backup Wallace at hooker - we have a three-way race for the final bench spot - Moses Leota v Sitaleki Akauola v Tim Browne.
  • James Fisher-Harris will also be there on the bench - with Bryce Cartwright's move back into the pack and Griffin being a huge Isaah Yeo fan. As well as of course Trent Merrin at lock.
  • The kid that impressed most in the pre-season - Corey Harawira-Narea will be seen in the top grade sooner rather than later but as a backrower - there's quite a bit of quality ahead of him.
Injured List:
Josh Mansour (Knee - Mid-Season), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Knee - Round 4 on), Sam McKendry (Knee - Season).
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