The Panthers rebound

MIDDLEMOUNT Panthers stole the show with a convincing 40-22 win over Emerald Tigers at McIndoe Park.

With heavy weekend rainfall and a playing field more fit for a mud-bath than football, flash ball work was never really an option. What was needed was sharp hands and rock-solid defence and after a slight falter in round one, the defending premiers Panthers delivered.

“Our ball control improved 100% compared to the previous week’s game and our defence was very solid in the first half, showing by the 22-0 scoreline,” Middlemount coach Steve Henderson said.

“We were pretty happy with how we went considering the muddy conditions.”

Emerald Tigers’ club president Phil Rooney said the result spoke for itself with simple errors and good opportunistic play by the Panthers leading to the blow out in the scoreline.

“We couldn’t hang onto the ball and they capitalised. There was nothing much more to it really,” Rooney said.

The Tigers are yet to notch up their first points for the season, with their second loss in as many games spurring great motivation for the weeks to follow.

Henderson said their performance is still far from perfect either, with slight mid-game lapses offering generous room for improvement in most areas.

“In the second half we probably started to go away from our game plan a bit because we had a comfortable lead and lost our heads a bit, which is something we need to improve on,” he said.

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