2013 Season Record: 24 games, 11 wins, 13 losses (tenth placed in NRL)
2013 Points Record: 495 points scored, 532 points conceded
2013 Individual Record: David Simmons leading try scorer with 19. Luke Walsh leading points scorer with 159.
What defined Penrith’s season
- the emergence of Matt Moylan at fullback was a highlight of 2013. Moylan came in at a time where Dean Whare was tried and tested unsuccessfully at fullback and made the position his own. All the efforts the club went through to make sure they weren’t in breach of the second-tier salary cap paid off.
- Sika Manu’s professionalism and experienced helped the club within striking distance of making the finals for the first time since 2004. Along with Kevin Kingston and Clint Newton, Manu had a calming influence over his fellow teammates which saw them knock off two of the most successful teams in the past decade in Manly and Melbourne.
- David Simmons was the NRL’s leading try scorer at the completion of the regular season and capped off a memorable season with the Player’s Player Award. Not too far off the pace was James Segeyaro who will need to wait one more season to get a regular start after Kingston was resigned for a further year.
- coming off the back of a great victory over the Melbourne Storm, the Panthers 62-6 victory over New Zealand Warriors at Centrebet Stadium was outstanding. It was the Isaac John show, dominating in scoring a hat-trick. Fellow ex-Warriors Lewis Brown scored a double as the Panthers went within a whisker of breaking the club record victory set in 2004 against Manly.
With the loss of Michael Gordon, Luke Lewis and Michael Jennings to other clubs in the 2013 off-season, experts were predicting a long season for Penrith at the bottom of the table. A demonstration that the club are heading in the right direction was displayed in some fine efforts against Melbourne, Manly and New Zealand. They broke a long term hoodoo at Kogarah winning all three grades. Off-season purchases of Sika Manu, Lewis Brown and James Segeyaro improved stocks at the club. Luke Walsh’s game improved once he decided on his move to Super League in 2014 and Mose Masoe was devastating off the bench on a number of occasions. With the success of the Under 20’s premiership, expect one or two players to come through for NRL debuts. In particular Bryce Cartwright. Nephew of Titan’s coach John, Bryce has a load of skills, a dangerous off-load, and is destined for a great career at the top level.