Great news for Manly fans during the week with super star fullback Tom Trbojevic beginning his recovery back from a hamstring injury. Trbojevic started light performing at training, confident his injury will only cost him six weeks of action, not the 8 the club feared would be the most likely outcome.
Ivan Cleary (centre) with previous Tigers chairwoman Marina Go and primary executive Justin Pascoe after he was announced as Tigers coach back in 2017. Ivan is completely aware of his history with our club and the way in which he left.
Panthers chairman Dave ONeill safeguarded Clearys actions, admitting he was delighted to see the coachs emotions after such a physical and hard-fought success.
Wests Tigers centre Joseph Leilua has actually been dealing with a fragile personal problem the past fortnight and, while the club is sympathetic of his circumstance, they are refusing to utilize it as an excuse for his behaviour on Saturday night.
Penriths Brent Naden silences the hostile Tigers crowd after the round 8 win at Bankwest Stadium.Credit: NRL Photos” Think I hate Penrith more than the Bunnies and Dogs now. Was so angry at FT. We were gallant and unlucky on numerous occasions – and simply let fire to an individual I lost all respect for after how he treated our club. Hope my boy does not remember a few of the words I utilized.”
” Was fed up. That ref was worthless, the rub of the green went versus us and I simply truly dislike him and how he shafted us last season. Dont get me started on his child.”
Cleary entered the season under huge pressure, failing in his first season back at the Panthers in 2019. The sex-tape legend in the preseason, combined with bad performances and irritated players, threatened to thwart Clearys second period at the club before it got off the ground.
ONeill could have been entrusted to egg on his face had 2020 continued to follow the very same path as the previous season, nevertheless results and efficiencies over the opening eight rounds has justified his faith in Cleary.
The Panthers have actually always had talented juniors, but Cleary has them all singing from the very same hymn sheet and now thought about authentic contenders for the title in 2020.
While Tigers hooker Harry Grant is the early favourite for rookie of the year, Panthers centre Stephen Crichton shouldnt be far behind him. The 19-year-old has been a revelation on the left edge for Penrith, who plan to protect his services beyond his 2021 contract expiration prior to he ends up being a free agent in November.
Hard time no excuse for Leilua
” I believed it was excellent of him to reveal passion for our club,” ONeill stated. I wish the Tigers all the best for the rest of the year.”
Cleary confessed that he regretted his behaviour however took exception to a few of the comments targeted at him. “Im not used to fans I do not think. Its been a while since theyve been here,” Cleary said after the game.
Tigers centre Joseph Leilua faces 4 to 6 weeks on the sidelines through suspension for this off-the-ball high shot on Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards.Credit: NRL PhotosA fired-up Leilua now deals with 4 to 6 weeks on the sidelines for an off-the-ball high shot on Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards. Coach Michael Maguire wasnt impressed after the game and some stern words from the Tigers employer would be anticipated when the team go back to training on Monday.
The Tigers are positive Leiluas centre partner Moses Mbye will not miss any football, despite suffering a knee injury in the loss to the Panthers.
Trbojevic up and running
” It was just an occurrence. I didnt like what he stated to me. Im not utilized to fans.
While Tigers fans and officials werent impressed with Clearys behaviour, many acknowledged that it only contributes to the theatre and develops on the stress in between the two clubs, which ultimately increases interest.
That sent out Zorbas into an expletive-laden tirade, dropping F-bombs and C-bombs at Cleary that prompted the coach to point towards the scoreboard and blow kisses in the Tigers fans direction after full-time.
” The indicating the scoreboard, ironical clapping and blowing kisses was from me after I told him what I believed of the way he treated our club,” Zorbas said on social networks after the Tigers 19-12 loss to Penrith.
Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis selected his words more eloquently than Zorbas when the Herald called him on Sunday afternoon but wasnt impressed with the ex-Tigers coachs actions.
” It was inappropriate and unprofessional,” Hagipantelis stated. “Those of us included in the administration of the game should not be participating in such a way. I dont think what Ivan did was especially valuable. I saw that he said after the game that he regretted doing it, so a minimum of there was an acknowledgement that it wasnt the preferred course of conduct.
Michael Chammas is a sports press reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald
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Penriths Brent Naden silences the hostile Tigers crowd after the round 8 win at Bankwest Stadium.Credit: NRL Photos” Think I dislike Penrith more than the Bunnies and Dogs now. Ivan Cleary (centre) with former Tigers chairwoman Marina Go and chief executive Justin Pascoe after he was revealed as Tigers coach back in 2017. I wish the Tigers all the finest for the rest of the year.”
Cleary admitted that he regretted his behaviour but took exception to some of the remarks intended at him. Its been a while given that theyve been here,” Cleary said after the game.