Many who watched Friday night's match between Penrith and Parramatta were taken by the game of young Bryce Cartwright, and for good reason. He was great in setting up a try and scoring one himself. But it was the experienced Lewis Brown who was even more impressive on the overall scale of things. At times during his career Brown has been underrated, viewed as a quiet achiever.However his talent hasn't gone unnoticed. He is a regular member of Kiwis squads and Ivan Cleary saw fit to bring Lewis with him from the Warriors when he agreed to coach the Panthers. Brown has since become a vital cog in the Penrith machine and on Friday he showed why. His stats for the game read as follows:
14 runs for 146m
4 tackle breaks
These stats obviously don't tell the whole story. Those running metres were team high, even beating fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. His offloads were effective, enabling Penrith to make further ground rather than offloading for the sake of it. The tackle breaks and linebreak came when Penrith needed the most as they tried valiantly to come back into the game. Moving to the left edge after the reshuffle caused by Matt Moylan's injury, he was a constant threat to the Eels and Penrith always looked likely when Brown had the ball in his hands. Had the Panthers been able to claim victory he would have been a good chance of scoring an interview with Channel 9. With Moylan out for a period of time it's this spark that will be needed if Penrith are to scramble into the Top 8.
Who do you think was the best Panther on Friday night?