Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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Penrith Panthers' Under-18's grabbed a third win of their UK tour with a 68-18 defeat of Warrington, while the Australian Institute of Sport defeated St Helens' Junior Academy 42-10 this weekend. The Panthers have already defeated Huddersfield and Hull, and continued their impressive form against Warrington, the First Division Grand Final winners at Under-18 level this year.
They ran in 12 tries at Wilderspool, with loose forward Ben Rogers again outstanding to grab three tries in a fine all-round display, while hooker Keith Peters also helped himself to a hat trick.
Geoff Daniella crossed three times in the second half, while Charles Enosi, Matthew Forwood and Mitch Heterick completed the scoring, Forwood also adding ten goals.
Warrington's points came in the first half, through a brace for David Pennington and one try for Ian Wilkinson, with Nick Owen grabbing three goals.
Penrith end their visit with a meeting against Junior Academy Championship winners Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Tuesday night (8pm).
At Knowsley Road on Sunday, the AIS followed up their win over the BARLA Young Lions with a big win over St Helens.
Hooker James Aubusson crossed in both halves, while Greg Eastwood, Danny Williams and Brendan Ovens helped them into a 22-10 interval lead.
Gaz Langley had touched down twice for the hosts in the first half, Carl Forber converting one try, but their discipline let them down in a scrappy second half.
Nathan Berry, Aubusson and Colin Wilkie crossed in the second period to seal the win, with Michael Watton landing six goals and Berry one.
The AIS now take on England Academy Under-17's at the South Leeds Stadium on Friday and at Featherstone on Wednesday 10 December.