Penrith Panthers handed veteran prop Brent Kite victory in his 300th National Rugby League game. The thirty-three year old is in the first year of a two year contract with the club and has failed to disappoint.
While Matt Moylan and Dean Whare stole the show with dazzling displays in attack, Kite’s contribution was good in making twenty-six tackles and carting the ball up fifteen times for seventy-six metres.
The recruitment of Kite and Elijah Taylor in the forward pack has done wonders for the Panthers. Taylor’s contribution of forty-two tackles before being concussed with friendly fire from James Segeyaro, has been a positive for Penrith who now sit at the top of the competition ladder on points differential.
They are one of the most improved defensive sides in the National Rugby League. In 2013 the side averaged twenty-two points against them each game. In 2014 the team concedes sixteen points a game and are only third to Canterbury and South Sydney in defense.
Panther fans can smell finals football even though the coach, players and management are only taking one week at a time. On twenty-four points, Penrith are only six points from the magic mark of thirty points. A win against Brisbane next Monday will continue the Panthers charge towards the finals.
Their run into the final weeks will be without Peter Wallace. Results of a leg injury are expected in the next few days after leaving the game early in the Panthers victory over Wests Tigers yesterday.
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