Wounded Penrith Panthers remain confident

Last updated 13:23 04/08/2014
Elijah Taylor
Getty
CRUSHING BLOW: Kiwi international Elijah Taylor will miss the rest of the NRL season after suffering a serious knee injury last week.

Relevant offers

League

Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler fined $20,000 for referee comments New Zealand Warriors smashed by Wests Tigers for seventh straight NRL loss Dave Taylor leads Gold Coast Titans to NRL win over St George Illawarra Dragons Five-eighth Blake Austin re-signs with Canberra Raiders Serbia vs Ireland rugby league game abandoned after official allegedly hit player A draw better than nothing for Orcas coach Darryl Marino Big first half sees Central Vipers flog Northern Swords in opening round Stallions score shock win over Counties Manukau in National Premiership Wellington snatch draw against Akarana in NZRL National Premiership Semi Radradra edges closer to Parramatta try-scoring record

Penrith's stocks are running low as they grapple with an injury crisis but playmaker Jamie Soward says he has faith in the club's crop of promising youngsters.

Kiwi international Elijah Taylor (anterior cruciate ligament) has been ruled out for the rest of the season and the club is awaiting further scan results on Bryce Cartwright (ankle) and Brent Kite (pectoral).

All three were injured in the side's 22-16 win over Canterbury on Friday night.

The club is not expecting Cartwright to play again this season but is holding out hope of Kite returning to the paddock with both to see specialists over the next few days.

With skipper Peter Wallace (knee) sidelined for the rest of the year, the club has had to draw on its youth stocks.

Soward pointed to the likes of Cartwright, Isaah Yeo and Dallin Watene Zelezniak who have debuted this year and had no trouble adapting to first grade and said the side's campaign had not been derailed.

''You can't replace experience,'' he said.

''But with younger blokes coming through the team, we've seen with guys like Isaah Yeo and Dallin (Watene Zelezniak), when they got an opportunity they came up and performed.

''It's going to be a big challenge but that's first grade.''

Soward said the third-placed team was aiming to win four of its five matches - against St George-Illawarra, North Queensland, Melbourne, Manly and the Warriors - in the run home.

Sunday's clash with the Dragons will be Soward's first game back at WIN Stadium since departing the club last year.

He said he was treating the match like any other game and was most concerned with getting the two points.

''We need a win bad, we're on track to finish in the eight,'' he said.

''We probably need it just as bad as (the Dragons).''

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content