CLONCURRY’S Kierran Moseley will be out to go one step closer to winning back-to-back premierships with the Penrith Panthers on Sunday.
LEADING FROM THE FRONT: Kierran Moseley will be counted on to lead his Penrith NSW Cup side around the park on Sunday.
After leading the Panthers to glory in the Under-20s Toyota Cup last year, Moseley will line-up in their NSW Cup side in a preliminary final against the Wentworthville Magpies.
After taking out the minor premiership, the Panthers head into the match as favourites, sporting a host of players with first-grade experience as they aim to earn a grand final berth.
The 20-year-old hooker, who made his first grade debut against Manly a couple of weeks ago, says his team is prepared for the match.
“We all had last weekend off which re-charged the batteries a little but have had a big week on the training paddock starting from Monday,” Moseley said.
“Our coaches have made sure our sessions have been sharp and intense, as to prepare us for the match on Sunday.”
The Panthers and Magpies are the first match at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday starting at 1.10pm, followed by the Newcastle Knights and Illawarra Cutters match.
“We might go into the match as slight favourites but as our first grade side showed against the Roosters last week, that means nothing in the finals,” Moseley said.
“The coaches have emphasised that we can’t become complacent in the match and the importance of going in with a positive mindset.
“If we play to our potential, and in the structure set out by the coaches, we all know we can get the job done.”
With Parramatta’s first grade side out of the finals, many players with NRL experience such as Luke Kelly and Justin Hunt will line up for the Magpies.
“Wentworthville have a few boys coming back into the side this week with NRL experience, which will no doubt help their side,” Moseley said.
“In particular, their forward pack is massive and will be a handful.
“It’s up to our forwards to rise to the occasion and stick it to their forwards, because if they can hold their own, it should go a long way to helping us win.”
Penrith has plenty of first grade experience of their own including Wes and Kevin Naiqama, Nathan Smith and of course Moseley.
“Us younger boys will be looking to the more experienced guys in the team for leadership on the field,” Moseley said.
“Having tasted first grade myself, I know the level of intensity I need to bring each week.”
“The coaches pulled me aside after my debut and told me that now that I have experienced first grade, it’s up to me to prove that I can consistently play at that level, each in week out.”
Moseley was last week named in the under 20’s Australian squad, which will be finalised after grand final day.
“It’s a privilege to be in the squad once again, because anytime you have a chance to represent your country is an honour,” Moseley said.
“It’s not something that I’ll take lightly and one that I’ll grab with both hands.”
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