Panthers win the Battle of the West

In a stark contrast in performances based on last week, the Penrith Panthers have bounced back, and won their first game of the season, with a 20-6 win over the Parramatta Eels.

Following their poor performance in Rd 1 against the Knights, for the Panthers, they say that they plan to use that poor game as their motivation for the rest of their season.

The Panthers were a completely different side from the team that was thrashed by the Knights, with Walsh one of their best, and he was named the Panthers player’s player as a result for the match.

”It was disappointing last week and we know that if you turn up with the wrong attitude against any team you are going to get beat,” Walsh said.

‘We were embarrassed last week, there wasn’t one player who wasn’t disappointed. In the video room it wasn’t too good to watch but we took responsibility for the way we played last week and we went out and trained really well.

”Every single player put their hand up tonight and did their job, and that is what we need to do each week. I was off last week and I was very disappointed with my game. I wanted to come out tonight and do what I do best and steer the boys around the park. It’s a great feeling to come in here after a win like that.”

Despite perhaps not playing as well as he can, Panthers centre Michael Jennings, who played after being in doubt with a hamstring injury also had a decent game.

”It was a good win, after last week’s performance it was good to get those two points,” he said.

”Credit to the boys, they all stuck together and put the effort in for each other.

”I feel that I am back to where I want to be and I just want to play the whole season injury free and give each game 100 per cent.”

For the Eels, they just lacked the intensity and the vigor that they showed against the Warriors in Rd 1, and it cost them, as at times, they looked like pedestrians in attack.

Despite his best efforts, Jarryd Hayne had a relative minimal impact on the game, though he did lay on the pass for Matt Keating to score the Eels only try.

For the Panthers, it was all about the intensity of training that helped egg them on for a big game this week, and it showed in leaps and bounds.

”We knew we could do it,” lock Luke Lewis said.

”We had a great off-season and last week was a bit of shambles but we came in on Monday and just ripped into training.”

PENRITH 20 (L Coote, M Gordon, D Simmons tries; M Gordon 4 goals) bt PARRAMATTA 6 (M Keating try; L Burt goal) at Parramatta Stadium. Referee: S Hayne, G Sutton. Crowd: 15,974.

Dally M Points

3 Luke Walsh
2 Luke Lewis
1 Shane Shackleton

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