Hat-trick hero too classy for Panthers, plucky Raiders fail to stick to

Sunday, April 24, 2022
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The Penrith Panthers Are Too Classy For The Canberra Raiders To Stick To Their Guns

The Raiders remained in touch with the Panthers but their hat trick hero was too classy for the defending premiers. The Panthers thumped the Raiders 36-6. Stephen Crichton dived over and Joseph Tapine scored two tries for the Panthers. The try-scoring was a classic example of class and style.

Tom Starling

The Raiders' star forward has become a different kind of attacking threat than in previous seasons. After scurrying out of dummyhalf on fast play-the-balls‚ Starling barely ran the ball again for the remainder of the game. In the first half‚ Raiders opted to move the ball wide to their outside backs‚ while they lacked a running game from Jack Wighton. The Panthers have added a few ball-players‚ including a fullback‚ a scrumhalf and a winger. The Raiders are drawing tighter around the ruck but can add width by shifting their halves to a second receiver. One of their most memorable tries came when Luke Starling ran Papalii through a gaping hole standing wide. The Raiders aren't without their own problems. The Raiders' defensive line is a weak spot for them‚ and the Panthers have to exploit this weakness. They need to avoid attracting defenders on the inside‚ or else they won't score enough points to win. While Api Koroisau will miss the Tigers next season‚ the Panthers have also uncovered a late bloomer‚ Soni Luke. Soni Luke's try set up Isaah Yeo's try and looked lively every time he touched the ball.

Api Koroisau

It's impossible to underestimate the influence of Api Koroisau in the backrow. Koroisau dominated the Raiders' ruck‚ holding three defenders off him. He was assisted by Ennis and Edwards. The Panthers' forwards were a key component in the Panthers' win. They will be missed when Koroisau moves to the Tigers. While the Raiders have won two of three interstate games in the last fortnight‚ the Panthers are in a similar situation. The Raiders have struggled to stick to their gameplan‚ pulling the same bonehead plays. Manly's snatched up another win with a late try under the sticks. But the Raiders have the better hooker. The classy Fijian was named in the Fijian squad for the 2013 NRL season. Koroisau made his debut against Ireland in Round 1 of the tournament‚ scoring a try in the 32-14 victory at Spotland Stadium. He played in four matches during the tournament‚ scoring one try and making three assists. Api Koroisau's outstanding season continued in the 2021 NRL season. His performance against the Raiders and Panthers helped Penrith's soaring start. Koroisau was also named in the NSW Blues squad for the 2021 State of Origin series.

Stephen Crichton

The tension between Canberra and Penrith has been building since last year's Crichtongate. Tensions have also been brewing between the two sides since their grand final meetings in the 1990s. In the opening half of this weekend's clash‚ the Raiders' crowd mocked the Raiders' Viking clap twice‚ a move that neither captain nor coach was amused by. But the Raiders' Viking clap proved to be a catalyst in the Panthers' 36-6 win. Penrith was too classy for Canberra's plucky Raiders to stick with the classy Stephen Crichton in this weekend's game‚ as he scored a hat-trick. The Panthers' play was far superior to the Raiders'‚ which lacked confidence and a sense of adversity. Penrith only managed four points in the opening half‚ despite dominating possession and territory. In the fourth minute‚ Penrith five-eighth Jarome Luai touched down to score. However‚ Stephen Crichton was able to get over the line and seal his hat-trick by converting a penalty try. After that try‚ Penrith lost veteran Chris Whare to Billy Burns‚ which gave the Cowboys a chance to control the rest of the first half. The Raiders also had the advantage of cheap penalties‚ which helped them maintain possession. The Raiders' ruck is the key for the Panthers' defence‚ and Api Koroisau‚ a man who played for Manly last September‚ is a dangerous player to tackle. Koroisau‚ the Panthers' hooker‚ has been a vital cog in the Panthers' attack. He also had a late try under the sticks‚ which whets the appetite for his 2020 State of Origin campaign.

Joseph Tapine

The Penrith Panthers are too classy for the plucky Canberra Raiders to stick to their guns after grabbing Joseph Tapine in the wake of a Charline Staines try. The Raiders players rushed in to defend the young forward‚ but rugby league viewers noticed a third party involved. The Raiders coach was not impressed. The Raiders' coach agrees that a player should be thrown to the sin bin if he punches an opponent. But he said the rule had unintended consequences. Penrith star Stephen Crichton was fined $1‚350 after dragging Raiders forward Joseph Tapine into the try celebration. The incident occurred when the Raiders were celebrating a Panthers try. The Raiders trainer was also spotted touching Penrith utility Tyrone May. The Raiders' style will not do them any favours in this game. They must stay away from attracting defenders on the inside‚ or they won't score enough points against the Panthers. Api Koroisau will be missed in the upcoming season. In this match‚ they unearthed late-bloomer Soni Luke‚ who set up a try for Isaah Yeo. Soni Luke looked lively every time he touched the ball.