Ash Cosgrove seeks Harold Matthews finals glory with Penrith

HE’S already won a Harold Matthews minor premiership with the Penrith Panthers, but now Bathurst’s Ash Cosgrove is seeking an even bigger prize.

FINALS TIME: Ash Cosgrove and his fellow Penrith Panthers will do battle with Newcastle on Saturday in the opening week of Harold Matthews finals.

FINALS TIME: Ash Cosgrove and his fellow Penrith Panthers will do battle with Newcastle on Saturday in the opening week of Harold Matthews finals.

On Saturday afternoon the talented back and his Penrith team-mates will begin their finals campaign – one which they hope will take them all the way to premiership glory.

A St Pat’s product, Cosgrove could not have enjoyed a better run with Penrith thus far in what is his first season with the NRL club.

In downing St George 50-0 last weekend, the Panthers finished the regular season with eight wins and just one defeat. That sets up a week one finals showdown with Newcastle – a team they beat 18-12 in round five.

To beat the Knights once more, coach Kyle Churchill said Cosgrove and his team-mates must focus on getting the basics right.

“It’s just that respect for the game and respect for the ball and you’ll hear our boys saying it all game - respect, respect,” he told NSWRL.com.au.

“I think if they respect the game they’re doing the little things right because they’re understanding the game as a whole rather than just trying to score points.” 

Cosgrove, who has been used in the centres and on the wing, has scored six tries so far this season.

He crossed for his first just three minutes into his debut match against Balmain, while his second four-pointer for the Panthers against Parramatta was a match-winner.

Since then he has bagged doubles against both the Roosters and Steelers, and no doubt he’d love to add to his tally against the Knights.

Kick-off is at 4.15pm.