Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers Live Stream & TV Channel NRL 2018 Full HD
The irony is absolutely beautiful. Of all the weeks he could have returned, Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary will make his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury against his father Ivan’s Wests Tigers.
As Cleary Senior has playfully suggested throughout the week, he will have to be particularly creative in his attempts to sideline his skilful son with Cleary suggesting that a bit of Mr. Sheen on the floorboards may do the trick.
All jokes aside, Cleary’s return for the Panthers is a massive boost yet it is expected that the rejuvenated James Maloney will still be the leader of the side as to relieve pressure from the 20-year-old.
The pair will have a disrupted reunion, however, with Maloney missing Tuesday’s training session after his partner went into labour.
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how Penrith’s first-choice halves pairing performs given that both Maloney and Cleary are traditionally dominant playmakers.
The return of Cleary sees Tyrone Peachey shift to the centres with Isaah Yeo reverting to the backrow, pushing Viliame Kikau to the bench.
In other team news, skipper and hooker Peter Wallace is sidelined with a minor shoulder injury and the home side will miss his leadership and toughness in defence.