Five things we learnt from yesterday's game
1. If it looks like being an uninspiring match, it usually is.
Remember whenChannel Nine's Sunday game was the match of the round? That wasn't the case yesterday with sides ranked 14th and 15th turning in a display that could only be described as ordinary. Played at Penrith's home ground, the 10,000 present could be forgiven for thinking they were at a NSW Cup game for most of the match. Thankfully, a handful of Penrith's stars clicked into gear to at least make the second half watchable.
Penrith can't afford to lose Michael Jennings.
As the Knights have discovered with the form of former rogue Willie Mason, sometimes a club needs a player with a bit of attitude. And for Penrith, that man is Jennings. Regardless of his woes with coach Ivan Cleary, Jennings has something in him you can't teach or control - pure brilliance. In an otherwise disorganised side, whenever the Blues flyer touched the ball he was an immediate threat. He scored a try, burning Anthony Minichiello in the process, set up another and had a hand in just about everything in the second half.
The Roosters' best form is behind them.
After last Monday's last-minute loss to Souths all but killed their hopes of a late run at the finals, the Roosters have officially put the cue in the rack. With captain Braith Anasta shown the door for next season and halves partner Mitchell Pearce rumoured to be at odds with coach Brian Smith, the Roosters look to be a team winding down.
Lachlan Coote has serious potential as a five-eighth.
He played his junior footy as a five-eighth, and yesterday's return to the halves gave Cleary a glimmer of light in an otherwise poor season. The youngster showed flair and vision as a pivot. Add that to his superb running game, and Coote has the makings of a future star at five-eighth.
Sydney needs a stadium with a roof .
If one thing has become abundantly clear in one of the wettest NRL seasons in recent memory, it's that Sydney needs a stadium with a roof. And that was only reiterated at Penrith yesterday, where the standard of play was far from the quality fans have come to expect.