Rugby League

Wallace out of Origin opener; set to miss six weeks

Penrith hooker Peter Wallace is officially a scratching from Origin I after scans revealed he'll be out for at least a month with a...

Wallace’s Origin dream shattered

Peter Wallace was 24 hours away from ending an eight year State of Origin drought, but his Blues dream has been shattered. Scans tomorrow are...

Panthers look to capitalise on miracle comeback

Down 28-6, coach Anthony Griffin would have had every right to read the riot act to his 17 players as they sat despondent in...

Soward: The team the Blues need to win Origin I

The 2017 State of Origin series is just about upon us and, as always, mock teams are already starting to emerge of what Laurie...

Griffin’s restrained half-time talk helped Panthers secure remarkable win

Panthers interchange forward Tim Browne believes coach Anthony Griffin's calm demeanor at half-time was the catalyst for Penrith's remarkable turnaround against the New Zealand...

Soward: NRL lottery delivers surprises

We are 10 rounds into the 2017 NRL season this weekend and I thought for this week’s column, I’d take a look at the...

Latu confident Panthers can defy the odds

Penrith Panthers prop Leilani Latu is determined to do whatever he can to stop the rot and believes recent fan criticism of the second-last...

Penrith’s season goes on the line

Nobody likes to talk about mathematics as early as round 10 but the reality is that this Saturday afternoon’s clash with the New Zealand...

Rep duty calls for Panthers

It hasn’t been the best of seasons for Penrith so far in 2017 but that hasn’t deterred selectors from choosing a whopping 19 Panthers...

Time for Moylan to make the switch

It’s the conundrum that has been talked about for years, but always quietly brushed aside. From Ivan Cleary to Anthony Griffin, the general message...

Soward: Getting away will do Panthers world of good

Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane is the best ground to play at in Australia. Anytime you go up there you feel like it’s an Origin...

Soward: Time to leave Moylan alone

Penrith Panthers captain Matt Moylan has certainly had an interesting couple of weeks, both on and off the field, but the first thing we...

Hiku’s big wake up call

Penrith Panthers utility Peta Hiku has opened up for the first time after getting dropped earlier this month for breaching team protocol. Along with skipper...

Patience is a virtue for Penrith fans

To start by stating the obvious, it’s quite clear there’s a problem at the foot of the Mountains. After seven rounds, the Panthers sit awkwardly...

Can Panthers resurrect their season on Easter Sunday?

They say statistics tell the story of a rugby league team’s fortunes and while there’s always evidence to defy what’s written on paper, the...

Soward: Panthers being hurt by missed chances

I managed to get out to another Panthers game last Friday and, I must say, that I’m seeing a team out there that knows...

Tough and determined: Sitaleki Akauola is quickly becoming a fan favourite

Panthers forward Sitaleki Akauola’s distinct running style – where it looks like he’s charging through a brick wall on every carry – has turned...

Brothers in arms: The NRL debut that will never be forgotten

It finished in heartbreaking circumstances but Malakai Watene-Zelezniak will never forget his first grade debut. At 25, he had every right to think his dreams...

Whare signs five year deal with Penrith

Dean Whare looks set to play out his career with Penrith after he signed a new long-term deal with the club. The contract extension means...

Wallace remains in frame for Origin return

Penrith hooker Peter Wallace admits he'd love another crack at the Origin arena but says his focus is purely on club football. The 31-year-old is...

Fisher-Harris set to return next week

After missing the last three weeks with a busted eye socket, Panthers second-rower James Fisher-Harris is desperate to get back on the field. The 21-year-old...

No-name Panthers keen to prove themselves against Bunnies

Two things have to happen for the Melbourne Storm to lose at AAMI Park. First, the Storm have to be off their game, even just...

Soward: There’s more to life than football

On the back of Cooper Cronk’s huge decision this week to leave the Melbourne Storm at the end of the year and move to...

Three Panthers, including captain Matt Moylan, dropped from first grade

Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin has sensationally dumped captain Matt Moylan and two other first grade stars to reserve grade after they "breached team...

Watene-Zelezniak signs new Panthers deal

Panthers flyer Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has signed a new three-year deal with the club. The extended contract means the 21-year-old will remain with the Panthers until...

Let’s get Ed to Penrith

He might live 2,729km from Pepper Stadium, but Papua New Guinea’s Ed Kolen is without a doubt one of Penrith’s biggest fans. If you’ve been...

Soward: Why AAMI Park is a graveyard

There are not many tougher places to play rugby league than down in Melbourne. I never won down there in my whole career. When you play...

Storm chasers: Panthers look to break AAMI Park hoodoo

If you believe that statistics and history define the likely result of a match, you’d be fearful of what awaits the Panthers against the...

Panthers enter the twilight zone with early kick-off to match against Knights

In his post-match press conference last week, Anthony Griffin made the very strong point that despite the loss to the Roosters on the scoreboard,...

Soward: Cleary the right man for the job

I must admit I wasn’t shocked by the sacking of Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor on Monday afternoon. With their captain Aaron Woods coming out...

Rookie makes his mark on NRL

Penrith Panthers rookie Viliame Kikau had one of the most impressive debut performances in years when he ripped through the embattled Tigers a fortnight...

Soward: NRL doesn’t have a drug problem

The Tim Simona story has blown up this week but I can’t stress enough that it only blew up after someone was caught betting...

Panthers gives back: Club takes up the fight against cancer

Every day 12 Australian women will be diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancer, and four of those women will sadly die. To help combat this...

Panthers hope to make feathers fly

The Penrith Panthers finally make their debut at Pepper Stadium on Saturday night as they prepare to settle in for a run that will...

Tamou brushes off nerves in belting display against Tigers

After a lackluster performance in the opening round, Penrith's forward pack showed the competition what they were truly made of against the Wests Tigers...

Panthers look to put week from hell behind them

The Panthers weren’t really at Kogarah Oval last Saturday afternoon. Sure, they got off the bus, found their way to the dressing room and followed...

Soward: Loss to Dragons was a blessing in disguise

Before I talk about what I think went wrong for the Panthers last Saturday against the Dragons, I wanted to touch on the Bryce...

Difficult path to the truth

By now I think everyone has read about, and formed an opinion on, the story that has engulfed the Penrith Panthers and star forward...

Miss X: “It was the worst feeling ever”

The woman at the centre of the Bryce Cartwright abortion drama says she has gone public about the situation to be a "voice for...

Gould: Panthers had no knowledge of Cartwright deal

Panthers boss Phil Gould has stressed that the club had no knowledge of a reported $50,000 deal between star player Bryce Cartwright and a...