It is fair to say that we'll be watching a Cup Final between two teams not in the greatest of form. Since Christmas, Penrith have a record of Played 11, Won 3, Drawn 2, lost 6, whilst Kendal have played 12 ,Won 2 and Lost 10.
As noted elsewhere, Penrith seem to have no problem scoring, with 18 bonus points from their 26 League games this season, compared to our 5 (although in a league higher).
Nathan Wooff played in their last game (a narrow away loss against Stockport where they got a double bonus point), but Dan Greenwood didn’t.
The Penrith team was not listed yet on their website when I looked, but otherwise it is significantly better side than most of the ones at our level this season.
Previous Match personalities and stats.
From our last meeting at the old Mint Bridge in October 2015, four of their squad were involved last weekend. Five of the Kendal squad chosen for Saturday’s game also played that afternoon: Chris Park, Danny Barker and Glen Weightman, whilst Jack Lashley and Mark Carruthers were on the bench. Nathan Wooff was also involved on the opposite side that afternoon. Whilst last season Kendal player Mike Fearon played for Penrith and has since passed via a season at Mint bridge to Kirkby Lonsdale.
That game was in the promotion season, but Penrith came close to breaking that unbeaten record, leading 0v13 at half time, with Kendal only taking the lead in second half injury time with a Chris Park conversion of a Liam Hayton try, for a 14v13 victory. Whilst away it was almost as close at with a 8v10 Kendal victory.
TEAM : The only change to last weekend’s pack, sees Ben Dixon come in for Matthew Charters at No.8.
Behind the pack Myles Harrop returns on the wing and Chris Park comes in at full-back making his first start since the Billingham match at the start of last month.
There is no Dini Noyo, whilst Dan Shorrock starts as one of five on the bench
WEATHER : Still cloudy but dry and 17 to 19 degrees
TRAFFIC : There are currently roadworks on Warwick Road in Carlisle, due to replacements of water mains , so leave a little extra time to get to the ground - Penrith suggest the kick off time is 3.30pm.