NYC Preview: Early acid test for Todd Payten's team

Wests Tigers will face an early acid test when they tackle Penrith Panthers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Sunday, March 17, in round 2 of the Holden Cup.


Both sides are coming off opening round wins. Penrith towelled up last years grand finalists Canberra 40-16 while Wests Tigers recorded a hard fought 22-12 away victory over Newcastle.


Wests Tigers Coach Todd Payten says he is looking forward to the challenge. Kick-off is 12.45pm.


Penrith are a real top four contender this year. They have plenty of second year players in their line up, Payten said.


They trialled well and comprehensively beat last years grand finalists last weekend.


Their forwards are fit and mobile with no real weakness and their halfback Sam Scarlett toyed with the Raiders.


Captain Tony Satini was a real handful in the centres against us last year and looks a couple kilos heavier and a yard quicker this year.


There is no doubt well have to improve quite a bit if we are to compete and get the win on Sunday.


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