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Wests Tigers to target Cartwright

  • Wests Tigers to target Cartwright

    SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - APRIL 03: Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers runs the ball during the round five NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at Pirtek Stadium on April 3, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Get Carty. That's the Wests Tigers' ambitious mission heading into their NRL clash with Penrith at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

While it might be easier said than done, the Tigers have put an emphasis on stifling the attacking brilliance and offload of excitement machine Bryce Cartwright.

Having produced 36 offloads in the first 16 rounds, the 21-year-old NSW Origin representative-in-waiting has been the source of much of the Panthers' attack, and their opposition's headaches, this season.

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His performance to rip apart South Sydney, with three try assists, a linebreak, two linebreak assists and six offloads, last Friday highlighted his ability.

Tigers fullback James Tedesco said stemming the Panthers' offloads, in particular Cartwright's, would go a long way to victory.

"They're a tough team, they play a lot of second phase footy and a lot of offloads," Tedesco said.

"Guys like Cartwright and Trent Merrin create that second phase for them. They're definitely a team to watch and we're going to have to be on our toes the whole game."

Tigers halfback Luke Brooks also identified the nephew of former Penrith great John Cartwright, as the man to stop.

"I think their offloads are key and we've got to stop as many offloads as we can. They've got a few big boys as well," Brooks said.

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