Panthers too strong for Titans as win comes at a cost

They may have won the game, but just when it looked like he was getting back into form, Panthers centre Michael Jennings may have to face the remainder of the season on the sideline, following an ankle injury.

With Jennings optimistic about his chances in being named in the team on Sunday, Jennings does not want to provide NSW coach Ricky Stuart, with false hope.

“Of course I want to play but I don’t want to give him (Stuart) false hope,” Jennings said.

“If I have a (fitness) deadline on Monday, I would be struggling.

“But I will get scans tomorrow and see how it goes.”

In what his 100th NRL game, Jennings finally scored a try this season, his first, before going off in the 49th minute, after he fell awkwardly in a Bodene Thompson tackle.

“All his weight fell on my ankle and it went. For a while I thought I was sweet but I just couldn’t run,” Jennings said.

David Abraham, the Penrith doctor, believes that it is a re-occurrence of the ankle strain that Jennings suffered last year, during the finals series.

“I don’t think it is as serious as last year but if it flares up, he won’t be able to play (Origin) at all,” he said.

Confidence was oozing from Panthers coach Matthew Elliott however, with the coach being confident that all is well.

“He will be okay. I think. He is an unbelievable healer,” Elliott said.

“When the medical staff start using Latin words (about an injury), that is bad.”

For the Titans, it was simple – they just could not hold onto the ball.

It was fundamental errors that let them down, and ultimately, it cost them the game – a game in which they had a very good chance of winning.

The loss puts the Titans in a precarious position, last, and the current wooden-spooners, with only 3 wins this season.

“We are hurting but we will hang in there and try and turn it around,” Titans captain Scott Prince said.

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