Hello and welcome to Wide World of Sports’ coverage of the eighth round action. We have two games tonight, with Souths to take on Manly live and free on Nine from 7.30pm (AEST).
First, reigning Premiers Penrith travel north to take on the Gold Coast at Cbus Super Stadium as the Panthers look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
History favors the visitors, who have won seven of their last eight games against the Titans.
Many eyes will be on Gold Coast’s David Fifita, who has been named in the back row for tonight’s game. He was moved to center for last week’s clash with North Queensland, putting in a performance that would charitably be described as mediocre, particularly in defense as the Cowboys beat the Titans.
Speaking on the Wide World of Sports program Freddy and the Eighth, Brad Fittler says bringing the 22-year-old into play isn’t the solution.
“I would be more inclined to do what the Cowboys did with Jason Taumalolo, I would bring him closer,” Fittler said.
“What he can do is adapt. Jason Taumalolo never lasted 80 minutes, but he learned to eventually play 60 and adapt in the middle.
“I just feel like David comes up with a good tryout every 1-2 weeks. Amazing. Some of the things he can do, nobody else can.
“But it’s all that stuff between those big tries. You might have a game plan at the back of his runs.
“He’s going to cause carnage again. I’ll get him in, not out.”