Panthers warning: 'You ain't seen nothing yet'
They’ve won three in a row and are nestled comfortably in second spot on the NRL ladder but Penrith hooker Kevin Kingston says the Panthers risk slipping back to the field if they let their impressive start to the season go to their heads.<br><br>Kingston, who signed a new two-year deal with the club last week, has been a surprise hero for the Panthers since arriving from Parramatta in the pre-season – scoring a rare double against the Warriors last Sunday and cementing the no.9 jersey ahead of boom youngster Masada Iosefa.<br><br>But the 26-year-old says coach Matthew Elliott is far from satisfied.<br><br>“I think it’s important that we don’t read too much into our start,” Kingston said ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wests Tigers at CUA Stadium.<br><br>“We haven’t hit our straps yet and we don’t want to think that way. I think we’re building to something pretty good here but as well as we’re going, we think we can do much better.”<br><br>Penrith notched 40 points against the Warriors last week, but Kingston said the Panthers were determined to show their attacking class this weekend.<br><br>His comments reflect the bizarre reaction of Luke Walsh following Penrith’s win over the Warriors – the diminutive halfback looking demoralised in the sheds despite setting up three first half tries with kicks and leading the NRL for try assists with 13.<br><br>“You can always improve,” Kingston said. “Our attack needs some work.<br><br>“We’re scoring a lot of tries from kicks but we can still score a lot more points from normal ball.<br><br>“We’re obviously happy to win three in a row and our defence has been quite solid but we can’t afford to read too much into it.”<br><br>Elliott has responded to last week’s trip across the Tasman by giving his players a light week on the training paddock, but the Panthers are closely monitoring their opponents this Saturday, with the entire Tigers front row of Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah and Keith Galloway all in doubt.<br><br>Like Penrith, the Tigers are sitting pretty with four wins from six starts in 2010 but coach Tim Sheens told NRL.com that his injury worries were a huge concern against a Panthers pack finally starting to show its muscle.<br><br>“We’re in a bit of trouble – my front row is in a bit of trouble,” Sheens told NRL.com. “It’s not the time to have these sorts of worries against a big, strong Penrith side that is in form and at Penrith <br>“That is my major concern at the moment.<br><br>“I’m not worried that we won’t be big enough but we could be very young and inexperienced.”<br><br>The Panthers are in the process of re-signing their burgeoning squad, with captain Petero Civoniceva the top priority, but were quick to pounce on Kingston after his hot start to the year, extending his contract until the end of 2013.<br><br>Having struggled to secure a permanent home in recent times, the former Cronulla and Parramatta hooker said he was thankful to the Panthers for handing him an NRL lifeline.<br><br>“They’ve shown a lot of faith in me and hopefully I can repay it by getting us to the finals,” he said.<br><br>“I’ve had two years of uncertainty and it’s good to have it wrapped up so I can look after my family.<br><br>“I feel like I’m building towards playing my best footy… I’m heading in that direction. <br><br>“I think I’m benefitting from playing a lot more minutes than I have in previous years and playing 80 minutes every now and then.<br> <br>“Putting a long streak of first grade together helps, too.”<br>