James Maloney opens up on Super League ambitions
"I'd be silly not to look at it."
© Getty Images James Maloney A resurgent Penrith have moved into the NRL top eight for the first time this season after shutting out Gold Coast 24-2 on Friday night.
Two nights after helping steer NSW to a famous State of Origin triumph, veteran James Maloney backed up to lead the Panthers to a sixth straight win.
The Blues playmaker set up two tries for winger Brian To'o, who impressed the 10,317 home crowd with his acrobatics in the corner.
Maloney was aided by electric halves partner Jarome Luai, who also delivered two on a platter for fullback Dylan Edwards in a dominant performance.
The victory lifts Penrith over the Wests Tigers and Cronulla, who are yet to play this weekend, into eighth spot.
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It also seemingly puts another nail in the coffin of Titans coach Garth Brennan, whose side barely posed a threat against the Panthers defence.
With star halfback Ash Taylor still sidelined on personal leave, Gold Coast were crying out for a playmaker to steer the team when the contest was in the grind.
At one stage in the second half, prop Jarrod Wallace sent a bomb out on the full.
Moments later, Luai, with his team holding a 12-point lead, put Edwards over to complete his brace in the 71st minute and seal the win.
Maloney matched Luai by assisting on another aerial To'o try soon after.
Making matters worse for the Titans, halfback Ryley Jacks failed to complete the match due to a rib cartilage issue, opening the door for Taylor's possibly return.
You're not imagining it - it feels colder than your weather app is telling you
If you find yourself thinking it feels colder than your temperature gauge says it is on Sunday - you would be right. Sydney's chilly and windy weekend is set to continue, with air temperatures at Sydney Airport expected to "feel like" seven degrees for the whole day, despite reaching a top of 17 degrees. Earlier on Sunday, around 6.20am, wind chill at the airport caused the actual temperature of 7.3 degrees to feel even colder at just 2.5 degrees.
Centre Dale Copley also missed most of the game after getting concussed.
Initially, Penrith had little to show for an imposing opening 20 minutes, when both teams traded penalty goals.
It wasn't until Luai cracked the game open with some individual magic in the 29th minute, touching the ball three times in one play for Edwards's opener.
Gold Coast pushed for a response late in the half but Maloney's quick line dropout paved the way for him to set up To'o's first try.
The contest also marked the debut of second-rower Jed Cartwright, son of Panthers legend and Titans foundation coach, John.
In more good news for Penrith fans, rookie Brent Naden was rewarded for his impressive start to his career with a two-year extension before the game.
Pictures: The greatest moments in NRL history
From 1908 until 1994, Australia’s first rugby league competition was ran by New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL). However, the league along with other minor premiers were re-unified to form National Rugby League in 1998. A look at some of the most memorable moments over the years.
Shock contender emerges in Maloney move
It’s long been speculated James Maloney was headed to England, but a new country has emerged as potential landing site for the NRL favourite. Contracted at the foot of the mountains until 2020, Maloney has previously been open minded about his playing future, refusing to rule out a move abroad. “I don’t know. I’ve been pretty open at this point and said if a really good offer came up overseas, I’d be silly not to look at it,” he said. “But I’m not at that point yet. I’ve always wanted to finish with a stint overseas.
2015 - North Queensland Cowboys vs. Brisbane Broncos
In first NRL final that ended in a draw, North Queensland claimed victory over Brisbane 17-16 in golden point extra time. It was their first premiership title. The winning goal was scored by Johnathan Thurston (R), who was awarded the Clive Churchill medal.
(Pictured) Matthew Scott and Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys hold aloft the premiership trophy after winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final match.
2014 – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Canterbury Bulldogs
Since 1971, Rabbitohs won their first ever title with the help of Sam Burgess’ (pictured) incredible performance that earned him the Clive Churchill Medal. The final score was 30-6.
2013 – Sydney Roosters vs. Manly Sea Eagles
With 18-8 lead, Manly had everything under control until the last 25 minutes when Roosters made a stunning comeback to win the final for the first time since 2002. Roosters secured 26-18 victory when Michael Jennings (pictured) broke through to ground James Maloney's grubber in the last few minutes of the game.
South Sydney Rabbitohs re-sign young hooker Joshua Cook
South Sydney Rabbitohs re-sign young hooker Joshua Cook
2012 – Melbourne Storm vs. Canterbury Bulldogs
In one of the most controversial moment in NRL history, Bulldogs’ James Graham (R) bit the ear of Storm’s Billy Slater (L), for which the former received a 12-match ban. Storm won the final 14-4.
2008 – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs. Melbourne Storm
Team Manly thrashed their opponents by the biggest ever margin (40-0) in the game’s history. The highlight of the game was Michael Robertson’s (L) hat trick tries that made him the first player to score three tries since Steve Renouf in 1997. The final also saw Steven Menzies equal Terry Lamb's record of 349 first-grade games.
2005 – Wests Tigers vs. North Queensland Cowboys
It was the first ever grand final appearance for both the teams, where West Tigers’ won 30-16. Tigers’ Brett Hodgson displayed an incredible performance by scoring five goals.
2004 – Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Sydney Roosters
In the first half of the game, Bulldogs were trailing 13-6, but in the second half they quickly covered the lead with the help of Matt Utai and Hazem El Masri. During the last few minutes of the game, Bulldogs were leading 16-13, when Roosters’ Michael Crocker (pictured) made a break on the 40m line but was tackled by Bulldogs Captain Andrew Ryan. The Bulldogs win the final 16-13.
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2003 – Penrith Panthers vs. Sydney Roosters
In the last game with Penrith, Scott Sattler made one of the greatest tackle in NRL history. It was a turning point of the game when Sattler chased down and made a tackle on the Roosters’ winger Todd Byrne (in white), sending him out of the field. Panthers won the game – 18-6.
2001 – Newcastle Knights vs. Parramatta Eels
Parramatta Eels were trailing 24-0 at high time and did everything to fight back but fell short. Knights won the final 30-24. The highlight of the match was Timana Tahu's (pictured) second-half try, where he got tangled up with Luke Burt before putting the ball down inside the chalk.
1999 – Melbourne Storm vs. St George Illawarra Dragons
At half-time Dragons were leading 14-0 and everyone thought the game was going to end in their favor. However, Storm made a stunning comeback when Anthony Mundine knocked on over the try line that proved to be a turning point in the game. Storm quickly covered up the lead to 18-14. In the 77th minute, Brett Kimmorley bombed to winger Craig Smith but before he could ground it, Dragons’ Jamie Ainscough knocked him unconscious. The video referee gave a penalty try to Storm, which was successfully converted. Storm won the game 20-18.
1997 – Newcastle Knights vs. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Newcastle Knights’ Andrew Johns helped his team reach their first final against defending champions Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Before the final game, there were concerns about Johns’ health as he had suffered a punctured lung, however, he went ahead and played the final. Both the teams were tied at 16-all and in the final moment of the game Johns ran down a narrow blind side and slipped a pass to winger Darren Albert who successfully scored, giving the Knights a 22-16 win over Manly.
I almost retired from NRL in 2007: Benji
As he prepares to play his 300th NRL game, Wests Tigers great Benji Marshall has revealed he decided to retire in 2007 after suffering a shoulder injury. Wests Tigers veteran Benji Marshall has revealed he almost hung up his boots in 2007 after a third shoulder reconstruction left him questioning himself. Marshall will on Sunday celebrate his NRL 300-game milestone but has revealed how close he came to giving the game away over a decade ago. He said it was only the intervention of family members who convinced him to play on and was glad they talked him into persevering.
1989 – Canberra Raiders vs. Balmain Tigers
In one of the greatest final, Canberra Raiders defeated Balmain Tigers 19-14. The final witnessed Canberra’s Steve Jackson come off the bench to score his memorable try that earned his team their first premiership.
1975 – Eastern Suburbs vs. St George
The 1975 final is best remembered for Graeme Langlands wearing white boots rather than the standard black. But the main highlight was his groin injury for which he was given a painkilling injection just before the game. Instead of reducing the pain it numbed his leg completely. Talking about the incident, he wrote in his book “Larrikin and Saint” – "It was an injection that went wrong. It wasn't the doctor's fault. The injection went in where the nerves shouldn't have been. They had moved because of all the injuries that I've had around the groin." Eastern Suburbs won 38-0.
(Pictured) Graeme Langlands talks to media during an NRL press conference at Sydney Cricket Ground on April 1, 2014.
1970 – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
In the 1970 final between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, South’s captain John Sattler turned out to be a star player. In the opening moments of the game, Sattler suffered a double fracture of his jaw after being punched by Manly’s John Bucknall. However, he decided to continue playing and said to his teammate Mike Cleary, "Hold me up so they don't know I'm hurt." South Sydney won the final 23-12.
(Pictured) John Sattler talks to the media during a NRL Grand Final media opportunity at Rugby League Central in Sydney on Oct. 3, 2014.
Cruise ship staff tied up 83-year-grandmother with dementia in £8,500 ($AU15,201) suite and injected her with sedative as she had panic attack in move that 'contributed to her death' weeks later, rules coroner.
Marguerite Hayward, from Lavenham, Suffolk, was staying in an £8,500 suite on the Regent Seven Seas Cruises Explorer with her husband Fred when she became ill. In the early hours of April 25, 2017, she awoke from a nightmare and had a panic attack linked to her dementia. Mr Hayward, a war veteran, called reception for help, and seven members of staff came to the room and bound her feet and hands with bathrobe cords before sedating her, reports the Telegraph.