THE FANS HAVE SPOKEN – THEY WANT TEDDY

Social media are screaming for James Tedesco to selected in the number 1 Blues jumper come Monday’s team announcement.

It was an epic battle within the battle of the big cats with Moylan’s Panthers going down 26-34 at ANZ Stadium.

Statistically Tedesco won on the night with 158 metres made, two try assists and two line breaks compared to Moylan’s 87 metres, one line break and try assist.  However, Tedesco did miss three tackles compared to Moylan’s one.

New South Wales have invested so much time into Moylan that it would be wasted if he was replaced for Origin III.  He is playing closer to the line and becoming more the play maker.  With Tedesco it’s the speed and playing the traditional fullback type role.

I’d personally be putting the blowtorch on Ferguson, Jennings and Dylan Walker following the defeat in Brisbane before punting Moylan.

LACK OF RESPECT COSTS PANTHERS

Penrith were coming off back to back wins over South Sydney and Manly Sea Eagles.  They went in as favourites to knock off Wests Tigers.

The game dynamics changed when they led 14-2 with the home side scoring 32 unanswered points in a forty minute period of the game.

There was a lack of respect for the football as the Panthers tried to attack both edges of the Tigers defence.  Tim Simona’s intercept of Matt Moylan’s pass five minutes from the break an excellent example of this which gave Wests Tigers the lead.

It would also be right to suggest a lack of respect for the opposition in trying to go ‘all out’ attack leading by two converted tries.  Maybe it would have been more wiser to play conservative football and grind through the middle of the park where Penrith had success.

They will need to improve their game for next week when they come up a Cronulla side who look unstoppable at this stage of the season.

ELIJAH TAYLOR HAS THE LAST LAUGH

Elijah Taylor made his last appearance, albeit in Intrust Super Premiership just over two months ago with the Panthers.

Last night he had an impact on beating his former club with a solid sixty minute display for the Tigers.

He made 43 tackles and looked dangerous with the ball in the first half as his side went into the sheds 22-14 ahead.

Taylor could be the workaholic the Tigers need to press for a final eight spot in September.

WILL EITHER OF THESE SIDES MAKE IT TO FINALS FOOTY?

That win by the Wests Tigers was important in the overall season picture as the next month will determine whether they make the final eight.

They face Canterbury next Saturday at ANZ Stadium followed by the Dragons (Round 20), Eels (Round 21) and North Queensland Cowboys (Round 22).

With seven wins on the board, they probably need to win five of their last eight to make the finals, given twenty-eight points will be the cut-off.

Penrith are in the same situation with matches against the Sharks, Eels, Broncos and Warriors in the next month. However, they have a good run through August and are a good chance to play finals footy.  Five wins from nine games should be manageable.

FROM THE SHEDS

Not good news for Sam McKendry with early reports he suffered a season ending interior cruciate ligament injury.

SCOREBOARD

Wests Tigers 34
Tries: Tim Simona 2, Ave Seumanufagai, David Nofoaluma, Jordan Rankin, Robbie Farah
Goals: Mitchell Moses 5

Penrith Panthers 24
Tries: Josh Mansour, James Fisher-Harris, Trent Merrin, Isaah Yeo
Goals: Nathan Cleary 5