Sport Cleary strong as Penrith top Tigers in NRL

15:28  17 may  2018
15:28  17 may  2018 Source:

Cleary swings axe on star man after training mishap

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  Cleary strong as Penrith top Tigers in NRL © Getty Images Penrith star Nathan Cleary has made a triumphant NRL return from injury after helping steer the Panthers to a 16-2 win over the Wests Tigers on Thursday.

Cleary had missed the past seven matches with a knee issue but set up a first-half try and broke three tackles in a strong performance against his dad's Tigers side.

He has now won both contests against father Ivan in the NRL but, more importantly, took a step towards a possible NSW debut two weeks before teams for State of Origin game one are selected.

The halfback combined well with veteran playmaker James Maloney in a dominant first half at Panthers Stadium, where the hosts enjoyed triple the amount of plays inside the opposition 20-metre zone.

Ivan Cleary: 'I can't believe Nathan is coming back this week, not looking forward to game'

  Ivan Cleary: 'I can't believe Nathan is coming back this week, not looking forward to game' Father vs son. It's an odd situation for Ivan and Nathan Cleary who will go head-to-head this week as the Penrith Panthers take on the Wests Tigers on Thursday night at Panthers Stadium.The son and player, Nathan, will make his return from a knee injury he sustained against the Bulldogs in round three, and the father and coach, Ivan, doesn't really know how to feel about it.The man at the helm of the resurgent Wests Tigers has revealed he certainly isn't looking forward to taking on his 20-year-old son, especially with the latter's return from his first serious professional football injury.

Ivan Cleary joined Wests Tigers in 2017 as Head Coach, following previous coaching appointments at the Warriors and Panthers. He was named the Dally M Coach of the Year in 2014, after taking Penrith to the finals.

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And while Penrith were unable to covert their dominance into points, they were largely untroubled in defence as the Tigers were held try-less for the first time in a year.

The win in front of a crowd of 15,081 lifts the Panthers to 16 points but below top-placed St George Illawarra on points differential.

For the Tigers, their disappointing result is their fourth defeat in five games and the early-season surprise packets are now in danger of slipping out of the top eight for the first time in 2018.

Nathan Cleary certain to return for NSW Origin trial against Luke Brooks

  Nathan Cleary certain to return for NSW Origin trial against Luke Brooks Boom Penrith Panthers half-back Nathan Cleary has been cleared to return from a knee injury to face fellow NSW contender Luke Brooks and the Wests Tigers at Panthers Stadium on Thursday. Panthers coach Anthony Griffin confirmed the 20-year-old will return against his dad Ivan’s Tigers after Penrith’s 29-18 win over Newcastle on Friday night.“He finished off his rehab today and had a tough session this morning down at Penrith and he’ll re-join the team tomorrow,” Griffin said.“It’s good to get Nathan back.”Cleary has been sidelined with a medial ligament strain suffered in the Round 3 clash against Canterbury.

Upon starting his first pre-season at Penrith , Cleary was the man to help Soward see the fun in rugby league again and it paid off handsomely. The new coach even walked the Kokoda track with Soward in late 2013. "I love him, I love Ivan," a blunt Soward told NRL .com.

Penrith Panthers 28 (Watene-Zelezniak 2, Peachey, Edwards, May tries; Cleary 4 goals) def. Wests Tigers 14 (Nofoaluma 2, Brooks tries; Lolohea 1 goal) at Pepper Stadium. NRL .com's unofficial votes: 3 points – Tyrone Peachey; 2 points – James Tedesco; 1 point – Dylan Edwards.

Both teams traded early penalties when Panthers forward Trent Merrin was marched for repeated team infringements in the 22nd minute, however, his exit only sparked Penrith into an attacking frenzy.

Cleary set up Tyrone Peachey with a well-timed grubber not long after, before Maloney followed it up with a two-man cutout for an acrobatic finish by Tyrone Phillips and a two-try lead at halftime.

The Panthers had numerous opportunities to extend their advantage in a controlled second half, which included Tigers forward Alex Twal being sin-binned for repeated team penalties.

Viliame Kikau, Christian Crichton and Phillips all appeared set to score but were denied by a valiant Tigers defence on each occasion, before the Panthers held on for their sixth win in eight matches.

Maloney surprised by NSW Origin claims .
NSW State of Origin hopeful James Maloney has responded to suggestions he has shown of a lack of enthusiasm ahead of this year's series.The Penrith star was widely considered a lock to retain his spot Blues spot until this week, when selection adviser Greg Alexander spoke publicly of concerns over Maloney's defensive issues.

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