Don’t mess with the Riff, because just like a real wild Panther, the Riff will bite back.
The Penriff Panthers, sorry force of habit...The Penrith Panthers will this Sunday enter the cauldron of an NRL Grand Final for the first time in 17 years.
Not since their marvellous Premiership triumph in the 2003 decider, has the pink pride of Penrith reached a big dance, but never fear Panthers fans because your time is coming.
Although, you know the drill and you know why I’m here.
I’m here to make you feel bad. YAY.
No matter how exciting the team is these days, there have been some dark times not too far back, thanks to some truly awful Panthers players whose dirty laundry has been aired below.
Not like you might be thinking though……I leave the good stuff to Tyrone May and his iPhone.
Good luck on Sunday you cheeky Riff Rousers.
Matt Robinson (2012-2014) – 38 Games, 4 Tries
To begin with, we remember a couple ‘stars’ who were apart of Penrith’s line-up the last time they almost went the distance. Penrith were on a tear in the back half of 2014, and off the back of a shock win over the Roosters, were just one win away from a Grand Final. However, they fell to the giant-killing Bulldogs in the Prelim.
Perhaps they failed at the last hurdle, because there was far too much mediocre still spread throughout the team.
Look no further than Matt Robinson, the bland back-rower absolutely no one would remember. Seriously, this guy’s name sounds like the default in a Create Your Own Player Mode on an NRL Video Game.
Rugby League is in the entertainment industry, so sorry Matt, but a name like Matt Robinson isn’t going to cut the mustard of success.
Then again, there is an Immortal named Andrew Johns. Hmmmm. Although, everyone calls him Joey Johns. You see my point.
Will Smith (2014-2016) – 21 Games, 2 Tries, 4 Goals
Moving on to a bloke who almost immediately disproves my point from above.
On the surface, Will Smith is the most generic name on Planet Earth. However, when you share a name with one of Hollywood’s most well-known and liked figures, your plain name gets shot into the stratosphere of cool.
In saying that, it really sucks that Will Smith the NRL Player, couldn’t even lace up his namesakes boots in the realm of entertaining, good or even just bearable on any level.
Smith has always struggled for consistency throughout his footy career, despite the fact that he started with a real bang. After paying his dues as a drifter in the NSW Cup scene, he got a start partnering Jamie Soward in the halves, incredibly in the final 8 games of 2014, including both finals appearances.
It has been all downhill from there sadly, he’s now at Parramatta although I doubt the Blue and Gold Army even bother to realise.
Travis Burns (2010-2012) – 55 Games, 13 Tries, 25 Goals, 1 Field Goal
I was one click away from replacing this charisma vacuum, before I saw where he was born.
Travis Burns was born in the rural town of Texas, Queensland. That will never not be cool.