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Sunday, 21 April 2019

'They’re shot': Legend writes-off Panthers' season


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The Penrith Panthers are “shot” and won’t make the finals this year.

That’s the stark word from NRL legend Darren Lockyer who has become jaded with Ivan Cleary’s men after only two wins from six culminated in a shocking loss at the hands of the Sharks on Thursday night.

The Panthers coughed up a commanding 14-point lead to eventual fall 24-20.

Star half James Maloney vented his frustrations following the loss, claiming his side ‘just keeping shooting ourselves in the foot’ and Lockyer agreed on the defensive side of things.

Penrith Panthers capitulate to Sharks

“I think they’re shot, I just can’t see where they’re going to turn it around,” Lockyer exclusively told Wide World of Sport.

“The football they’re playing, first and foremost they’ve got to fix up their defence.

“They missed 67 tackles two weeks ago, nearly 50 again on the weekend. They’ve got to fix that up. That’s attitude.

“I don’t think they can make the finals this year. They’ve got problems.”

Penrith Panthers capitulate to Sharks

Many have pointed to the Panthers pre-season woes as the cause of their lacklustre display after three players were embroiled in the ugly sex-tape scandal that rocked the NRL community.

Jillaroos great Ruan Sims refuted those claims and instead argued it was a multitude of issues the cumulatively plaguing the Panthers they she hoped they’d soon remedy.

“I think there are multiple things that would be happening there for these breakdowns to occur, I don’t think it’s one particular thing,” she said.

“Things like this happen, sometimes you’ve got to go through rough patches and come out the other side.

Maloney disappointed at late collapse

“I’d love to see them come out the other side because they are a very young team, they’ve played really well over the past couple of seasons and I would like to see them push through it.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the mountain men as they clash with fourth placed Wayne Bennett’s Rabbitohs next Friday night.

The Penrith Panthers are “shot” and won’t make the finals this year.

That’s the stark word from NRL legend Darren Lockyer who has become jaded with Ivan Cleary’s men after only two wins from six culminated in a shocking loss at the hands of the Sharks on Thursday night.

The Panthers coughed up a commanding 14-point lead to eventual fall 24-20.

Star half James Maloney vented his frustrations following the loss, claiming his side ‘just keeping shooting ourselves in the foot’ and Lockyer agreed on the defensive side of things.

Penrith Panthers capitulate to Sharks

“I think they’re shot, I just can’t see where they’re going to turn it around,” Lockyer exclusively told Wide World of Sport.

“The football they’re playing, first and foremost they’ve got to fix up their defence.

“They missed 67 tackles two weeks ago, nearly 50 again on the weekend. They’ve got to fix that up. That’s attitude.

“I don’t think they can make the finals this year. They’ve got problems.”

Penrith Panthers capitulate to Sharks

Many have pointed to the Panthers pre-season woes as the cause of their lacklustre display after three players were embroiled in the ugly sex-tape scandal that rocked the NRL community.

Jillaroos great Ruan Sims refuted those claims and instead argued it was a multitude of issues the cumulatively plaguing the Panthers they she hoped they’d soon remedy.

“I think there are multiple things that would be happening there for these breakdowns to occur, I don’t think it’s one particular thing,” she said.

“Things like this happen, sometimes you’ve got to go through rough patches and come out the other side.

Maloney disappointed at late collapse

“I’d love to see them come out the other side because they are a very young team, they’ve played really well over the past couple of seasons and I would like to see them push through it.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the mountain men as they clash with fourth placed Wayne Bennett’s Rabbitohs next Friday night.

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