Tag Archive: Michael Jennings


Michael Jennings in doubt

Penrith star Michael Jennings admits he came back a week too early after re-injuring his hamstring in Sunday’s embarrassing 42-8 NRL loss to Newcastle. The NSW Origin centre wasn’t originally named in coach Matt Elliott’s side but was rushed in at the last minute at the expense of David Simmons. Jennings said he was never 100 per cent fit and after twinging his hamstring late in the match admitted he was now in major doubt for Friday night’s showdown with Parramatta. The 22-year-old revealed during the pre-season how much he despised the Eels as the Panthers’ local rivals, and as he iced up his right hamstring after Sunday’s match, declared he would do everything he could to play. But as he cast a lonely figure as the last man in the Penrith sheds, Jennings regretted the early return and conceded he faced an uphill battle to be fit for Friday night. “I think I came back maybe one week too early,” Continue reading

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The Panthers are planning on re-inventing Timana Tahu as a backrower but the troubled player must first apologise to the teenager who accused him of racial vilification last October.The Sunday Telegraph can reveal Tahu will meet the north coast teenager this week as Penrith is unable to sign the wayward star until his dispute with Caleb Binge is resolved. Binge, who is now in the Broncos’ junior system, accused Tahu of calling him a “black c***” during a tournament but all attempts, including intervention by the Human Rights Commission, have failed to resolve the issue as Tahu has refused to face his accuser. But his return to the NRL with the Penrith Panthers has forced the issue. With former Parramatta halfback Dennis Moran, now a Country Rugby League welfare officer, the instigator and playing peacemaker, it is understood Tahu has agreed to a meeting with Binge in Brisbane on Wednesday to resolve the dispute. Continue reading

Eels 30 – Panthers 0

Maligned Parramatta halfback Jeff Robson starred on Saturday night as the Eels thrashed Penrith 30-0 in their NRL trial at Centrebet Stadium. Last season the Eels chased a string of high-profile halfbacks to mentor young five-eighth Daniel Mortimer, but perhaps the answer was under their nose the whole time. Robson, the halfback who took them to the 2009 grand final, was involved in everything, setting up tries with precision passing and kicking while also pulling off try-saving tackles. The Eels cruised home with a comfortable victory in a spiteful and physical, but mostly dour, affair. Continue reading

Roll Call – Penrith Panthers

After initial fears of a broken wrist Daine Laurie has only sprained his wrist and damaged some ligaments. X-rays revealed not breaks or fracture which will allow Daine to play this week. Michale Jennings is benefiting from the 10 day turnaround. His shoulder has caused him some trouble over the past weeks but with some rest between games this week he will see out the season. It was hoped Tim Grant may be back from his ankle injury however he has not been selected in this weeks team, nor has Lachlan Coote.

Michale Jennings to go under the knife

PANTHERS flyer Michael Jennings will have surgery on his troublesome knee straight after Friday night’s City-Country clash, jeopardising his State of Origin claims. Touted for Australian selection in the centres, the electrifying 22-year-old was a shock pick on the wing for City. “I haven’t played wing since I was in under-19s, but I’ll just have to do my best and make the most of the opportunity,” Jennings said. Jennings has been struggling with a small tear in his left knee for the entire season and said the time was ripe to sacrifice a week’s football to get the problem treated.  “I’m going to have the operation after this game,” he said. “Every week I keep aggravating it, so I’ve just got to go and get it cleaned up.”

News on the Knee – Michael Jennings

After it was reported that Michael Jennings has been playing with an injury to his knee,  the Panthers crowd favourite had his fan club and DT Coaches in palpations as he stayed down after aggravating the injury.  With three minutes remaining, the NSW Origin and Kangaroos excitement machine made one of his customary midfield dashes that propelled Penrith’s fightback. He was brought down just short of posting the match-winner and couldn’t rise to give Penrith the quick play-the-ball it needed to sneak a decisive field goal. “I don’t know who fell on it, but all this pressure just went on my knee and my right ankle,” Jennings said. “I got up and really struggled. My ankle is pretty shaky and I’ve aggravated my knee like I did last week.” And yet somehow, Jennings was on the ball with every drop of his greased lightning just 90 seconds later to put Frank Pritchard into space. Pritchard’s big run preceded the final, frantic blindside rush that saw Adrian Purtell crash over for the game breaker. “I was hurt, but I don’t know, I just ran it off,” Jennings said. “Being a tight game there was so much adrenaline, and I felt OK all of a sudden. I’ll get a lot of treatment with the physio and icing this week again. I’ll get through.” This will be his routine until Penrith’s round nine bye provides a window for minor surgery to fix a small meniscus tear in his right knee.

Jennings wobbly knee!

Penrith star Michael Jennings has revealed he is playing with a knee injury which could require mid-season surgery. Jennings has torn the lateral meniscus in his left knee and says it has affected his early season form. “I’m not at a hundred per cent and I’ve just got to look after it and see how I go,” he told Network Ten. The Test and NSW State of Origin centre will keep playing with the injury rather than going under the knife immediately. An operation would be likely to sideline Jennings for two weeks, the report said. “I’ll keep playing and I’ll see if I need an op or not,” the 21-year-old said.