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The Cowboys haven’t been overly lucky with injuries in 2017 and their lack of fortunes continued last week against the ladder-leading Storm. As a result, Antonio Winterstein and Gavin Cooper will miss their crucial clash against the Panthers this week as they look to extend their winning streak to six this weekend.

The Panthers have named five-eighth in an extended squad and is likely to come into the side come Saturday night, however, rookie Tyrone May has done an exceptional job in first grade since making his debut. Alongside Nathan Cleary, the pair has taken control of games and while they didn’t put in their best performance last week, they found a way to win against the lowly Tigers.

A win for the Panthers will see them leapfrog the Cowboys on the ladder and further up the eight while the Cowboys’ spot in the finals could be in jeopardy should they drop this one on Saturday night.

Consistency has plagued the Cowboys in 2017 and will be looking for Jake Granville and Michael Morgan to step up and take control of their own destiny.

The Cowboys, Raiders, Dragons and Sea Eagles sit in the way of the Panthers and a finals birth so there’s no doubting they’ll earn their spot should they make the 2017 playoffs and it all starts this week.

Will their forgettable start to 2017 come back to haunt them?
We reckon they’ll be able to keep this run going for at least another week.

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Panthers by 10.

Team Lists

Team Stats

Scoring Plays

Panthers   Cowboys
4 Tries 3
4 Conversions 2
Penalty Goals
Field Goals


Panthers   Cowboys
188 All Runs 209
1,765 All Run Metres 1,725
8 Line Breaks 4
9 Offloads 14


Panthers   Cowboys
365 Kick Metres 530
345 Tackles 301
33 Missed Tackles 67


Panthers   Cowboys
8 Penalties Conceded 6
10 Errors 8
Sin Bin
Send Offs

Player Stats




  1. Has there been a better 19-year old player than Nathan Cleary since Bob Fulton came on the scene in the mid-1960s? With good health and luck this young fellow will be a legend of the game.
    For teams coming up against the Panthers in the next several weeks the simple message is – Stop Cleary and you beat the Panthers. But that may not be easy.

    • Cleary is playing very good football but IMO there have been better breakout seasons from teen players.

      1. Ian Schubert (18) in 1975 premiership winning season where he stared at fullback, scoring a try in the GF win. He then played 4 tests for Australia at the end of the year scoring 7 tries.
      2. Steve Rogers (18) in 1973 top scored for his club and played in a GF, then selected for a Kangaroo Tour
      3, Israel Folau (18) in 2007 scored 21 tries in debut season then became Australia’s youngest ever Test player.
      4. Billy Slater’s at 19 2004 season was also has good at gets.

      That said Cleary has a very bright future and I can see him and Ash Taylor fighting for the test 7 in the same way Stuart and Langer once did.

      • At the moment, Taylor’s talent is being wasted. Titans are in a big mess at the moment which will take a while to clean up.
        For his development as a player, he is better off to go to the Broncos, otherwise his talent will be wasted like Shaun Johnson at the Warriors.

        • As a Broncos fan I would like to see Taylor back at the Broncos but as a Rugby League fan who sees the overall health of the game as more important than any one club, I hope Taylor stays. The Titans desperately need him. Also I think the Titans are not in as big a mess as people think. They have a solid core to build around, a decent coach. They need to move on Hayne and recruit a few gritty forwards. I think they are missing Bird more than most realise. As we have seen time and time again, no matter a clubs circumstances it can turn around, positively or negatively very quickly.

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