Shute Shield: Southern Districts always in control but Penrith make statement at home

By MARK CASHMAN

Southern Districts coach Todd Louden believes that Nepean Rugby Park will be a hard place to travel to and play in the wake of his side 29-14 win over Penrith on Saturday.

The Rebels scored four tries to one in what was a quite even contest where the visitors jumped out early but never really got the upper hand completely.

“We ran a lot of new players but Penrith are a work in progress and have some very good rugby league athletes that ‘Muggo’ will mould over time,” Louden said.

“Being the first home game at Emu Park in three years there were some unique challenges but I felt that we were always in control of the match.

“Penrith will be a hard place to travel if other clubs are not careful.”