World News – UA – Penrith Panthers’ incredible response to sex tape scandal


This time last year the Panthers reflected on a horror season derailed by a sex tape scandal Their recovery has been remarkable

LNR: The Penrith Panthers beat the Southern Sydney Rabbitohs in an exciting preliminary final to secure their place in the NRL Grand Final

A year ago, the Panthers looked back on a season where they played like domestic kittens rather than killing predators

After 10 rounds in 2019, the squad many expected to fight for the prime ministerial post were at the bottom of the ladder, before a brief revival somewhat saved face and resulted in a 10th place

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Here is a team that in 2018 came fifth and progressed to week two of the final, but whose then coach Anthony Griffin was beaten ahead of the playoff rounds because the brokers didn’t believe he could take them all the way

Ivan Cleary was supposed to solve this problem in his first season at the helm of the club from which he was sacked in 2015, but a pre-season sex tape scandal killed the Panthers campaign even before it was start

Utility Tyrone May avoided jail but was criticized by a magistrate for his « reprehensible » behavior when he was sentenced to 300 hours of community service earlier this year after being convicted of filmed four sex tapes without the consent of the women involved

The Panthers tried to convince everyone in the rugby league – including themselves – the scandal wouldn’t be a distraction.But mid-season Cleary conceded defeat, admitting that external pressure had “Had a huge impact on our team” and “we almost collapsed at the start of the year”

Reflecting on the season of hell last November, half-back Nathan Cleary – Ivan’s son – said: « It affected us a bit, especially since we never really have one. spoken, which was probably the worst thing to do in hindsight »

Then this year, Nathan was caught in a scandal, suspended for two games and fined $ 30,000 for violating COVID-19 restrictions – and lying about it to the NRL – when a video from TikTok appeared in which he was dancing with a group of females at his home

But fast forward so far and the recovery has been incredible The Panthers finished top of the table, are on a blistering 17-game winning streak and advanced to the grand final after beating Souths on Saturday night They will face Melbourne to boast of the most unusual prime ministerial post in NRL history

He’s the Panthers’s first decider since winning the title in 2003, when a Scott Sattler tackle on Roosters winger Todd Byrne fell in the folklore grand finale

On the one hand, Nathan Cleary – previously accused of lacking flair and creativity – added to his attacking arsenal and became the dominant half-back in the NRL Still only 22, the playmaker is the favorite for the Dally M medal and an automatic selection on the NSW Origin side

His partner Jarome Luai, 23, was also noteworthy – Cleary’s yin to yang.The two young guns grew up playing juniors together and the chemistry built up over years of sharing the pitch was evident as they lead Penrith’s much improved attack

Rear rower Viliame Kikau has been an absolute weapon on the left edge, Dylan Edwards silences skeptics wondering if he is the best option in the back, hooker Api Koroisau continues to prove he is best buy of the season, 20- One-year-old center Stephen Crichton has become a true superstar, veteran captain James Tamou plays with the energy of a young man in the front row and second rower Liam Martin is enjoying a year escape

Even May has had her moments in 15 appearances this year after missing the entirety of last season

Another major factor in Penrith’s success is that they are a young team full of stars – not just Nathan and Luai – who spent their childhood playing and winning together before taking it to the next level

Newcastle legend Matty Johns said in his podcast this week that the club are benefiting from investment in youth and the work done in their course system, saying « these brilliant young players have matured »

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« The fact that they all lived together – they love each other, they love each other, » Johns added

Paul Kent, co-host of NRL 360, elaborated and praised Ivan for listening to his players and devising a game plan based on their strengths

« They are enthusiastic, they are ready to learn, they are very talented and they have a history of winning, » Kent said of the Panthers’ young squad

« All these little things that you try to learn with your teammates – a lot of them are already taking root

Whatever the result next Sunday night against the storm, the recovery of the Panthers from the inhabitants of the cellar in May 2019 to the big finalists in October 2020 is simply remarkable But if they manage to pull off one more victory to maintain their undefeated streak, they will party like in 2003 at the foot of the mountains.

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