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Peta Hiku 'furious' over Packer hit
22 Mar 2017
Penrith NRL player Peta Hiku says he was at first furious over the swinging arm from St George Illawarra prop Russell Packer that fractured his eye-socket.

Penrith winger Peta Hiku admits he was "furious" after a hit from fellow-Kiwis international Russell Packer left with him a fractured eye-socket during the opening round of the NRL season.

However, after speaking for the first time after the incident on Tuesday, Hiku said he had moved on from the hit and didn't believe there was anything personal in the matter.

Penrith officials aired their anger after Packer wasn't charged over the incident, when Hiku was originally expected to miss up to four weeks as a result of the injury.

But he returned early in last week's 14-12 loss to the Sydney Roosters, after spending just one week on the sideline.

"I was a bit furious about missing a couple of games," Hiku said when asked about the lack of punishment dished out to Packer.

"I only played one game back. Missing a few games there I was pretty upset about.

"After the next day it was all settled in and I spoke to the coaches about it and they did whatever they had to do. I couldn't do much about it."

Hiku was hit by a swinging arm in a three-man tackle from Packer in the opening minutes of their round-one loss to St George Illawarra.

He got up and remained on the field following the hit, sporting a massive bump under his right eye.

But the Penrith winger said he didn't believe there was any malice or intent behind the hit.

"They came out with a lot of aggression and I happened to be taking one of our first hit-ups and it got hit clean," he said.

"It was just a big man in the middle coming out to hit one of the wingers, just trying to pin them back there.

"I guess I was just trying to do his job and I was trying to do mine. I was just in the wrong spot."

Hiku missed the majority of last season after he was ruled out with a knee injury in May, and the game against the Dragons was his comeback match.


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Last Game: The Panthers won against the St George Illawarra 30 - 26 at Penrith Stadium, Australia (5066 days ago)  game results here
 Penrith Panthers Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 7 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 45 
 Total Goals: 39 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 521 
 Total Points Against: 847 
 Leagues the Penrith Panthers are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1997 Superleague Telstra Cup, 1998 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Ben Roarty, Chris Hicks, Colin Ward, Craig Gower, Jody Gall, Joe Galuvao, John Cross, Lee Hopkins, Luke Lewis, Luke Priddis, Luke Rooney, Martin Lang, Ned Catic, Rhys Wesser, Ryan Girdler, Scott Sattler, Shane Elford, Shannon Donato, Tony Puletua,

 Players in 2001
Andrew Hinson, Ben Reynolds, Brett Atkinson, Carl Macnamara, Chris Levy, Craig Greenhill, David McLean, David Woods, Duncan MacGillivray, Frank Puletua, Justin Holbrook, Martin O'connell, Matt Adamson, Matthew Rieck, Matthew Rodwell, Peter Jorgensen, Robbie Beckett, Sid Domic, Steve Carter,

 Players in 2000
Fred Petersen, Mark Geyer,

 Players in 1999
Brad Drew, David Atkins, David Reick, Greg Alexander,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Penrith 30
St George 26


Saturday, 3 May, 2003
Penrith 30
Eagles 29


Sunday, 27 Apr, 2003
Penrith 28
Warriors 14


Saturday, 19 Apr, 2003
Penrith 16
South Sydney 14


Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Canberra 40
Penrith 28


Sunday, 30 Mar, 2003
Penrith 23
Sydney City 22


Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Melbourne 42
Penrith 16


Sunday, 16 Mar, 2003
Brisbane 24
Penrith 20


Sunday, 8 Sep, 2002
Penrith 68
Eagles 28


Sunday, 1 Sep, 2002
Newcastle 32
Penrith 30


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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