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Jamal Idris a casualty of final pre-season game as Penrith Panthers' horror run continues

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Penrith recruit Jamal Idris is in doubt for the Panthers' season-opener after tearing his hamstring in a trial against Newtown.

Idris left the field midway through the second half of Penrith's 52-4 victory at Sportingbet Stadium on Sunday with a suspected grade one hamstring tear.

While there were no other major injury concerns out of the match for the Panthers, prop Tim Grant, halfback Peter Wallace and five-eighth Isaac John all left the field prematurely with niggling injuries.

But Idris, who went straight up the tunnel after suffering the injury while running the ball in the 60th minute, is in the most doubt for the round one clash against Newcastle in less than two weeks.

''I don't think it's too bad but it's obviously not ideal,'' coach Ivan Cleary said. ''It's too early to tell but it's going to be a bit of struggle there [for round one]. It's a long year, so we'll see how it goes.''


It has been a horror week for the Panthers on the injury front. They have lost Eto Nabuli (knee), George Jennings (elbow) and Wes Naiqama (pectoral) for long periods after the trio went down in the Nines.

Jamie Soward also rolled his ankle at training last week and left in a moon boot, but is expected to be right for round one.

Winger Josh Mansour starred for the Panthers against the Jets in their final hit-out before the season, bagging four tries in the easy victory. Roosters winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck made his comeback from a fractured leg for Newtown, getting through the first 40 minutes of the match at fullback.

While Cleary was pleased with his side's attack, he said there was still plenty of work to do in defence.

''I just wanted to get through the game; it was a bit like that,'' he said.

''There were some good things out there but so there should be. We didn't get pushed that hard in defence but, from what I saw today, we definitely have to improve there. You can practise all you want in the pre-season but until you play a game and the opposition team has some decent ball … the reality is, it is a bit of a challenge in a game like that when you get out to a big lead. I actually think they focused quite well considering. We'll learn a bit from today, in particular the standards we have to get to in defence.''

Fullback Matt Moylan scored a double, while Adam Docker, Sam McKendry, Lewis Brown and Tyrone Peachey all crossed for the Panthers before a crowd of close to 3000. Peachey, who joined from Cronulla this season, made a big impression when he came on.

''Tyrone's had a good preseason,'' Cleary said. ''He's got a way to go before he becomes a seasoned NRL player … But you certainly get the feeling he'll get there. He's pretty smart and got really good awareness and works pretty hard on his game.''

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