Brett Cook has named his team for this weeks Week Three of the Final Series.
We caught up with Brett Cook and asked about last weekend's 29 – 16 win over the Wyong Roos and this Sunday's upcoming Final against the Penrith Panthers at Leichhardt Oval...
What are your thoughts about last weekend's win over the Roos?
It was pleasing to win the game especially early in the second half when they scored and put us behind again, they had the wind behind them and it could have gone the other way but the boys dug deep and defended really well in the second half
Who were your standouts from the game?
I think pretty much across the park... Everyone was good. Lionel O'Mally was strong again, Isaac Maliota had a really big game and got Players Player by a long way &Daniel Alvaro as usual... everyone really. Luke Kelly defended really well and the outside backs scored some good tries.
Who was the Player of the Week selected by the Coaching Staff (Coaches Award)?
Week Three of the Final Series and we're up against the Penrith Panthers at Leichhardt Oval... So where do you think we'll need to concentrate for this weekend's game to come away with the win?
We need to make our tackles. Last time we played them I think we missed 50 tackles so that was really what hurt us. Last weekend against Wyong we only missed 13. As a team we just need to make our tackles and work hard together in defence rather than individually.
Who do you think are the danger players that we'll need to watch out for?
They're strong all over the park. Their halves have been really good recently, Tom Humble & Luke Capewell; they drive them around the park and they're scoring tries themselves as well. They've got very fast outside backs but I think it all starts with their halves.
Are there any injuries to report on or anyone on report?
Pat Mataele has a bit of a strain in his ankle but will be right to play.
They are to play Penrith Panthers
Sun Sept 21, 1:10 PM AEST, Leichhardt Oval, Glover St, Lilyfield NSW 2040
NSW Cup Team:
1. Justin Hunt
2. Jake Butler-Fleming
3. Api Pewhairangi
4. Vai Toutai
5. Bureta Faraimo
6. Sam Gorman
7. Luke Kelly
8. Daniel Alvaro
9. Ben Jones
10. Isaac Maliota
11. Pat Mataele
12. Lorenzo Ma’afu
13. Lionel O’Mally
14. Brendan McKinnon
15. Nick Kassis
16. Joseph Ualesi
17. Danny Howard