Shute Shield 2015: Penrith Season Review

by Paul Cook - Having endured one winless season in his first year as head coach at Penrith in 2013, you could forgive Teki Tuipulotu for thinking that he’d been through the worst at the foot of the mountains. However, after guiding the side to two victories and 21pts in 2014 – with an impressive 13 bonus points in the process - a mass exodus of players in the following off-season left the Emus staring firmly down the barrel once again. By the final whistle of their final match, they had only a draw with Parramatta to show for their efforts on the ladder, while a 129-0 defeat at the hands of eventual Premiers Eastwood, led to their very existence in the Shute Shield to be called into question. Tuipulotu came out firing in the media in the aftermath, and when Rugby News caught up with him a couple of weeks ago to discuss the Emus’ 'annus horribilis', he remained a resolute figure in the face of adversity as he prepared to launch into his fourth season alongside a new co-coach,
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