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McKendry set for a big season

Ask Penrith coach Matt Elliott and skipper Petero Civoniceva who they have high hopes for in 2011 and they will tell you Sam McKendry. “Man, he was unbelievable the other night [in our trial],” said Elliott, who last season watched Sam McKendry go from a fringe first-grader to Kiwi international. “At the beginning of last year I thought Sam was going to be a first-grader, we might get 10 games out of him, but he played every game and turned himself into an international.
“Our two young props, him and Tim Grant, are highly impressive players, they’re good people, they’ll drive the squad along and I think they will be a handful.” A little over 12 months ago McKendry was told he was too big, would struggle to succeed in the NRL if he failed to shed the kilos. Continue reading


Jason Ryles and Trent Waterhouse Round 4

After looking through The Late Mail, again searching for tidbits on the popularly selected DT players, I found the following trickle of information. ‘Jason Ryles is still a week away’ and ‘Trent Waterhouse is still a chance to play, He will undergo another fitness test on Sunday. If he fails the team will remain 1 – 17’. For those Coaches who have either of these players, hopefully this will help you decide whether a trade is in order, or in Waterhouse’s situation the possibility of a selection – a gamble for the first round of DT matches.

Cronk to play, Slater in doubt

Melbourne have welcomed back one star in Cooper Cronk but could lose another with fullback Billy Slater missing the flight to Sydney ahead of their NRL match against Penrith on Saturday. Cronk will play his first game of the season after undergoing groin surgery, while Slater missed the Storm’s final training session and their plane due to sinus problems. The Test fullback, who has a history of sinus problems, is booked on a morning flight on Saturday, however 21-year-old Gareth Widdop is on stand-by for his NRL debut should he fail to recover.
Meanwhile, the Panthers, who have started the season with one win and one loss, will start utility Luke Lewis at five-eighth after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury. Former Test representative Trent Waterhouse will return from a quad injury in the second-row.

While I await the late mail to be posted, news arrived that returning Penrith back rower Trent Waterhouse will now not take part in the match against the Cowboys this Saturday night. Waterhouse will be missing his second successive match with a quad strain while interchange utility Nathan Smith was also scratched with a groin strain. Nigel Plum is set to start in the second-row with Frank Puletua to come on to the bench for his first match of the year.

In a boost to the home side, Henry declared lock Luke O’Donnell a certain starter despite sitting out training this week with a leg problem.Carl Webb (calf) is fit to return to the Cowboys pack but Henry hinted he would remain 18th man, and also miss out on some much-needed match fitness with their feeder club playing the same day due to the threat of Cyclone Ului The kick-off time for the match has been moved forward from 8.30pm local time to 6.30pm (Qld time). Fox Sports will not alter its schedule with the Cowboys V Panthers match being a delayed telecast.

IN-N-OUT – Rd 2

A pair of hookers who have seen little action in recent times will be thrown to the wolves on Friday night with Canterbury and St George Illawarra putting their depth to the test in the NRL grudge match. Journeymen Blake Green and Luke Priddis will wear the No.9 jumpers for the Bulldogs and Dragons respectively, Green earning his chance after Michael Ennis accepted a one-week ban for a high tackle while Priddis comes in for Nathan Fien, who is out with a broken leg. “It’s extremely disappointing for Fiensy, he’s a great player and a great guy,” Priddis said. “I’m looking forward to having a run on Friday night … the Bulldogs are always a tough prospect, no matter when or where you play them.”

The Bulldogs also welcome back winger Bryson Goodwin, who will assume goalkicking duties with Ennis out, the hooker left with little choice but to cop the one match suspension for a high tackle on Newcastle’s Matt Hilder.

South Sydney coach John Lang has also been forced to test his reserves with David Tyrell coming in for Eddy Pettybourne, who will be out for up to three months with a broken jaw, while Junior Vaivai replaces Colin Best (ribs). “He’s a very good prospect Junior, he had a very good season in the Toyota Cup last year,” Lang said ahead of Friday’s match against Gold Coast at ANZ Stadium.

The Titans received a boost on Tuesday with fullback Preston Campbell cleared after receiving a head knock in Sunday’s win over the Warriors.

Penrith welcome back Trent Waterhouse from a quad strain for the trip north to play North Queensland, former Sydney Rooster Willie Mason again named to start from the bench.

Manly coach Des Hasler has been forced to reshuffle his backline for Sunday’s clash with fellow round one losers Parramatta with Michael Robertson deputising for Brett Stewart at fullback.