Panthers out to make amends

06 September 2017 22:16:11 GMTPlus11

Reagan Campbell-Gillard is looking forward to the chance to redeem himself when Penrith take on the Sea Eagles in Saturday's elimination final.

Campbell-Gillard didn't have things his way when the teams met in the final round of the season last weekend.

Starting for the first time in eight weeks, he found it tough going against the Manly pack, especially in the early stages when Sea Eagles forwards Martin Taupau and Jake Trbojevic had a grip on the game.

Though he's been Penrith's most consistent forward this season, Campbell-Gillard managed just 101 metres was rushed with each carry of the ball in attack.

We were disappointed with the effort we put in there on Saturday.

Reagan Campbell-Gillard

"I definitely felt the heat and haven't felt like that for a while," he said. "Filthy is probably a word to use; we were disappointed with the effort we put in there on Saturday.

"We looked at it and were in the game, we just didn't realise we were. We'll use that game for motivation."

Penrith came close to being dumped out of the top eight in the final round.

They knew anything better than a 37-point defeat to Manly would secure them a finals spot, but they were 28-0 down with a quarter of the game to go.

Campbell-Gillard said: "Our defence was scrappy on the weekend and we take pride in our defence. Having a team like that put points on you like that, you obviously want to go out and redeem yourself."

The Panthers will be without skipper Matt Moylan, who will sit out the finals series with mental health issues.

Penrith are 2.40 to beat the Sea Eagles, who are 1.60. The Panthers are 1.93 with a four-point start.

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