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The slide continues - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 07 Jul 2007 00:41:00 GMT
The panthers remain in strong contention to win their 3rd ever wooden spoon after being thrashed 43-26 by Wests Tigers in round 17.

Following a second-half capitulation in which the visitors leaked 33-points after leading 20-10 at the break, Elliot’s foot soldiers could now fall behind the Roosters and St George by a 4-point margin at the end of round 17.

The Panthers have not finished last in the NRL since 2001 when they were then coached under current Tigers-assistant coach Royce Simmons.

Unusually well-disciplined in the opening-half, the Penrith of old didn’t take long to return, allowing the Tigers to run in five tries in 20 minutes to take a 32-20 lead.

“We were lucky to still be in it,” Tigers coach Tim Sheens said of his side’s swinging performance.

“We were confident we could win it once we got some ball.”

Lock Chris Lawrence – who usually plays on the wing – scored a hat-trick while prop Todd Payten and winger Beau Ryan both snatched doubles.

On Payten’s effort to cross the line twice, the former Panthers player was comically delighted.

“I was envious as an old prop myself.”

But despite the brilliant attacking versatility of Lawrence, Sheens had this warning for his team despite the enigmatic display put on by the former St Gregory’s College student.

“He’s an apprentice and he’s learning his positions alright. But he won’t be playing front-row though.

“He’s got some work to do. We’re not getting carried away yet.

“We can’t rely on him picking a ball up and running 100 metres to score to win games. But it’s certainly handy to have someone who can.”

Luke Lewis crossed in the 63rd minute to reduce the deficit to 32-26 but that only proved to be a temporary disruption to the Tigers road trip.

Robbie Farah then successfully launched a field goal in the 67th minute prior to Tigers winger Beau Ryan running 60 metres to grab his first try of 2007

The final blow arrived in the 77th minute of play when Dean Collis ran through for his team’s 6th try of the evening.

A dampener on the celebrations for the home side was prop Todd Payten being placed on report for a dangerous lifting tackle on Panthers prop Joel Clinton.

Penrith however did manage to cope without Peter Wallace and Richie Williams in premier league, successfully thrashing Wests 66-22.
Wests Tigers (43) Chris Lawrence (3), Stuart Flanagan, Todd Payten (2), Beau Ryan, Dean Collis tries; Robbie Farah (5/8) goals; Robbie Farah (1/1) field goal) d panthers (26) Peter Wallace, Frank Pritchard (2), Luke Lewis tries; Nick Youngquest (5/5) goals) at Telstra Stadium. Referee: Ben Cummins. Penalties: Panthers 6-5. - Read More, Here