Penrith coach Ivan Cleary refused responsible Sunday’s 37-10 loss to Melbourne on having as much as a 3rd of the most effective Panthers 17 lacking for numerous causes.
Nathan Cleary, James Fisher-Harris, Api Koroisau, Brian To’o, Isaah Yeo, and Tyrone Might all missed the Spherical 20 conflict resulting from harm, suspension or private causes, whereas late-season recruit Tevita Pangai Jr will not be accessible till subsequent week.
Cleary is the most effective halfback within the recreation, Fisher-Harris is on of the most effective props, To’o top-of-the-line wingers, and Koroisau and Yeo are essential to the facet’s make-up at hooker and lock respectively.
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Nobody anticipated the Panthers to beat the almighty Storm, in what most punters are tipping to be an early preview of this 12 months’s NRL grand last.
However the coach was clearly furious with the efficiency when he fronted media post-game.
“It’s not adequate,” he mentioned.
“I assumed (Storm) scored too simply, too typically.
“It’s not concerning the gamers we have been lacking, let’s focus extra on the gamers we had. We missed some performs firstly of the sport that have been essential, which in any such recreation in opposition to this crew you simply should make.
“It was nothing that was asking an excessive amount of, we simply missed too many performs. I assumed all through the night time our defensive resolve wasn’t adequate.”
Penrith has struggled within the absence of Nathan Cleary because the halfback busted his shoulder a month in the past.
The Panthers scraped house by some extent over Parramatta in Spherical 16, then battled in a six-point win over competitors battler Brisbane in Spherical 19, during which Penrith missed 66 tackles.
They’d no solutions to Melbourne on Sunday.
Jarome Luai has stepped as much as put on the No.7 jumper with Cleary sidelined, however he’s struggled to take cost of the crew within the unfamiliar place.
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The coach struggled to clarify Luai’s drop in type.
“I’m not too certain… we would definitely like him working the ball,” he mentioned.
“Clearly that place is a little bit bit international to him, he’s performed there earlier than however hasn’t performed a variety of it.
“Definitely when he runs the ball one thing good usually occurs, however I assumed Burto (Matt Burton) you can say the identical, I’d like him to run a bit extra.
“It’s not a lot about assault, I assumed defensive, among the lapses… it’s not what we pleasure ourselves on.”
Penrith has put in two poor performances in a row however Cleary didn’t see a lot correlation between the Broncos recreation and this one.
“I don’t assume they’re truly linked, this week and final week,” he mentioned.
“I don’t assume missed tackles… yeah we missed a variety of tackles final week, however we solely conceded two linebreaks and three tries, so it exhibits there was a variety of blokes working exhausting, and there was way more resolve.
“This week we most likely tackled higher however there was much less resolve. It’s not constant to our efficiency and who we’re.
“Possibly having these gamers out did one thing to their mindset, I’m undecided, however I actually anticipated a bit higher than that.”
The Panthers tackle the Roosters in Spherical 21.
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