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Coote wins Panthers fullback battle

One of the most topical positional battles in the NRL has finally been decided with Lachlan Coote edging out Michael Gordon as the starting fullback for the Panthers Round 1 clash against Canterbury.
Coote wins Panthers fullback battle
by NRL

One of the most topical positional battles in the NRL has finally been decided with Lachlan Coote edging out Michael Gordon as the starting fullback for the Panthers Round 1 clash against Canterbury.

Coote and Gordon have both been brilliant in their time at the back, but with this decision Coote prevails and Gordon will play on the Wing.

After returning from a stint in England Clint Newton will take on a bench role, whilst Brad Tighe will partner speedster Michael Jennings in the centres after an injury riddled off-season.

Travis Burns and Luke Walsh will pair up in the halves and captain Luke Lewis will play in the second row.

Blake Austin has been named 18th man.

1 Lachlan Coote
2 David Simmons
3 Michael Jennings
4 Brad Tighe
5 Michael Gordon
6 Travis Burns
7 Luke Walsh
8 Sam McKendry
9 Kevin Kingston
10 Tim Grant
11 Luke Lewis [c]
12 Cameron Ciraldo
13 Nathan Smith

14 Dayne Weston
15 Chris Armit
16 Nafe Seluini
17 Clint Newton
18 Blake Austin
20 Danny Galea




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