As someone who lined up against the Kumuls in his international debut, Tony Satini has some profound advice for his Panthers teammates.
“If you’re running, just expect to get hit. Not by one, by like three or four – or maybe even by the whole team,” Satini tells NSWRL.com.au.
“I have come up against them and they’re tough as nails, those blokes.”
Satini, who at 21 years of age endured a baptism of fire in the international arena in 2014, saw first hand the damage that Papua New Guineans can do, as his home nation of Tonga were defeated 32-18 in the one-off Test. While he’ll look to draw on that experience for Sunday’s Intrust Super State Championship against the PNG Hunters, he’s still coming to terms with his side’s Intrust Super Premiership NSW victory.
“The feeling’s pretty awesome,” Satini says. “I still can’t believe it, to be honest, to actually get a grand final and win it.
“(I’m a) Penrith junior, coming back. Gone away to Manly, come back to Penrith and then got a grand final and won, so it’s pretty awesome.”
While the side was afforded one night of celebration following their 20-12 grand-final win over the Wyong Roos, the focus has since been directed at taking down the Hunters at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. The match will kick off at 2:40pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Fox League.