NYC Preview: Tough run begins at Penrith

Wests Tigers NYC Coach Todd Payten says this Sunday's clash against Penrith is the start of a tough run of matches for his side.


The Panthers sit second on the ladder with Wests Tigers in fifth place.


We face Penrith, Brisbane away, Canberra at home, the Storm at home, and Cronulla away before our next bye, he said.


There are only 7 games left after our second bye before the finals and in that time, of those five teams we play the top 3 sides in Panthers, Raiders and Broncos.


The Storm are level with us and we lost to them in arguably the most physical game we have played this year. The Sharks at Shark Park is always a tough encounter.


Fortunately during this period, we should be getting a few players back that will be underdone for match fitness and will have to be managed properly but that is a headache Im happy to have.


Kick-off at Centrebet Stadium is 12.45pm.