Panthers sending top-rate pack

ANY concerns that Penrith were going to send a second-rate team to Coffs Harbour this week for their trial match against Coffs Harbour have been allayed after the Panthers released their squads for this weekend's matches.

Penrith also have a squad travelling to the Riverina town of Griffith this weekend to play a trial against Parramatta but the team that will take the field at BCU International Stadium is the stronger of the two.

To further emphasise the point as to which fixture the Panthers see as the more important, first-grade coach Matt Elliott has indicated that Coffs Harbour will be his weekend destination.

Penrith have named the exciting young pair of Jarrod Sammut and Wade Graham as their halves combination.

Sammut is one of the emerging superstars of NRL while the 18-year-old Graham has already been likened by many Panthers in the know to a young Brad Fittler.

One player to watch will be hooker Masada Iosefa.

A player with big wraps on him, the Samoan born Iosefa starred in the Toyota Cup last year before making his first-grade debut late in the season when Luke Priddis was injured.

With 12 players named on the bench there's sure to be plenty of changes made with unlimited interchange allowed on the night but with quartet Trent Waterhouse, Adam Woolnough, Michael Gordon and Luke Lewis named there will also be plenty of experience for Elliott to call on.

These four players will also be appearing at Advocate Park on Saturday for the Imperial Sportspower Gala Registration Day held between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Panthers' team



3. Danny CHIAH

4. Maurice BLAIR

5. Junior TIA-KILIFI

6. Wade GRAHAM

7. Jarrod SAMMUT

8. Tim GRANT

9. Masada IOSEFA

10. Sam McKENDRY

11. Daniel PENESE

12. Matthew BELL

13. Joseph PAULO


14. Trent ISELIN

15. Andrew EMELIO

16. Andrew PEARN

17. Junior MOORS

18. Joel ORTON

19. Joel ROMELO

20. Lachlan MUSSING

21. Ioritana TUAU


23. Michael GORDON


25. Luke LEWIS

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