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 Penrith Panthers
Next Game: The Season has finished
Panthers' Griffin rejects Martin NRL exit
20 May 2017
Penrith coach Anthony Griffin has addressed speculation out-of-favour playmaker Te Maire Martin is unwanted by the club.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin has moved to sit down with out-of-favour playmaker Te Maire Martin amid speculation the NRL club are on the hunt for Melbourne star Cooper Cronk.

Rumours of the club's pursuit of Cronk surfaced not long after Martin was dropped to reserve grade in round eight.

The New Zealand international was immediately linked with a mid-season move to the Wests Tigers and the Warriors.

However, ahead of his team's clash on Sunday with Newcastle, Griffin dismissed any chase for the Australian and Queensland halfback.

"A lot of the stuff that's in the paper, particularly the Cooper Cronk stuff, we understand it's just not true," Griffin said on Saturday.

"It sells papers and I understand the media's got its own agenda there. It's a good story but, within our club and with our team, we understand those things are always around."

Griffin promised Martin a NRL recall, should his form demand it in the NSW Cup, where he will play in a curtain-raiser to the first-grade fixture at McDonald Jones Stadium.

"I spoke to Te Maire this week about where he is with us," he said.

"Obviously, with halfbacks moving around and player managers dealing with other clubs, there's always speculation.

"But Te Maire's playing tomorrow in the NSW Cup and, if he plays well, that'll be great for him and the club and it'll get him closer back to playing first grade with us."

The Panthers will again rely on makeshift playmaker Bryce Cartwright to partner Nathan Cleary in the halves against the Knights, as they hope to build on the back of last week's historic comeback win over the Warriors.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak that had the pre-season title favourites on the ropes and facing a stiff climb back into top-eight contention, let alone be considered premiership material.

Griffin backed Cartwright to do the job at five-eighth, and hosed down suggestions he was considering pulling skipper Matt Moylan out of fullback and into the frontline.

"Bryce is our five-eighth - he was our five-eighth last year. He's not immune to that position," he said.

"The way we play, Matt obviously gets a lot of first and second-receiver ball.

"He's done a terrific job at fullback the last few weeks. He was close to our best last week, the way he defended their kicking game and his injection in attack and effort in defence. I thought it was a real captain's knock from him."

The Panthers take on a Knights side also buoyed by their last-start upset of Canberra to end their seven-game losing run.

Winger Nathan Ross is a confirmed scratching after his public call for a contract upgrade during the week, with Brendan Elliot called up in his place.

Earlier this year, the Panthers smashed the Knights 40-0 in round four.

STATS THAT MATTER:

* The Panthers have won five of their past six matches against the Knights, scoring at least 30 points and conceding 12 or less

* Penrith have been outscored a combined 74-8 in the first halves of their past four matches

* Penrith are looking for back-to-back wins at McDonald Jones Stadium for the first time since 1990-91


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Last Game: The Panthers won against the St George Illawarra 30 - 26 at Penrith Stadium, Australia (5133 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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