The game started with an early try to NSW winger, Blake Ferguson from a beautiful catch when Terry Campese put the ball high in the air. After 2 Penrith errors right on the Canberra goal line, Canberra quickly scored again through Reece Robinson.
After a few penalties to Penrith, they cracked the Canberra line with a try through David Simmons.
The first half finished with a funny try assist from Josh Papalii’s head. McCrone went to pass the ball but it bumped off Papalii’s head and McCrone ran back through to catch the ball before scoring under the posts. Canberra went into half time lead 18-6.
Penrith started the second half in shocking style, with Clint Newton knocking on at the first tackle of the half. Paul Vaughan scored his first NRL try as he pushed and carried 5 Penrith players over the goal line with him next to the uprights.
Croker had a great night with the boot, kicking 4 from 4 but left the field early with a knock to his previously injured knee. Terry Campese also received an early mark for his efforts.
Penrith had moments of brilliance but could not convert the opportunities tonight.
Canberra travel Campbelltown next weekend to play the Wests Tigers while Penrith will enjoy a week off.
Canberra Raiders 24 Penrith Panthers 12
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 18-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Reece Robinson
2 points - Paul Vaughan
1 point - David Simmons
CANBERRA RAIDERS (24)
Tries: Blake Ferguson, Reece Robinson, Josh McCrone, Paul Vaughan
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (4/4)
PENRITH PANTHERS (12)
Tries: David Simmons (2)
Conversions: Luke Walsh (1/1), Matt Moylan (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Raiders – Sandor Earl IN; Edrick Lee OUT :: Panthers – Matt Moylan IN; Wes Naiqama OUT;
1. Reece Robinson 2. Jack Wighton 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Blake Ferguson 19. Sandor Earl 6. Terry Campese (c) 7. Josh McCrone 8. Dane Tilse 9. Glen Buttriss 10. Brett White 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joel Thompson 13. Shaun Fensom
Interchange: 14. Anthony Milford 15. Joel Edwards 16. David Shillington 17. Paul Vaughan
19. Matt Moylan 2. Travis Robinson 3. Josh Mansour 4. Dean Whare 5. David Simmons 6. Isaac John 7. Luke Walsh 8. Nigel Plum 9. Kevin Kingston (C) 10. Mose Masoe 11. Sika Manu 12. Lewis Brown 13. Adam Docker
Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Matt Robinson 16. Cameron Ciraldo 17. Clint Newton 18. Ryan Simpkins
Scored by Blake Ferguson. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Terry Campese launches a huge bomb and Blake Ferguson bolts through, collects it cleanly and puts the ball down over the line! Croker's kick is successful.
Canberra Raiders 6-0
Matt Moylan makes an unforced error.
Moylan loses the ball 10m out from the Canberra line. Another great chance for Canberra to add more points.
Josh Mansour makes an unforced error.
Mansour knocks down the ball to stop the Canberra play. Another scrum to set down.
Scored by Reece Robinson. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Robinson dummies the ball and creates a gap to run right though and score! Croker's kick is over again.
Canberra Raiders 12-0
Scored by David Simmons. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Simmons finds the open space out on the wing and cruises over the goal line. Walsh gets it over the black dot easily.
Canberra Raiders 12-6
Scored by Josh McCrone. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Well that's a funny one for sure! Falcon try assist by Josh Papalii means Josh McCrone goes in under the posts. Croker converts from right infront.
Canberra Raiders 18-6
Clint Newton makes an unforced error.
First play of the second half and Newton has dropped the ball.
Scored by Paul Vaughan. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Vaughan takes a few Penrith players with him right over the goal line next to the posts! Croker converts.
Canberra Raiders 24-6
Scored by David Simmons. Conversion attempt by Matt Moylan successful.
The video refs go with the onfield referee and award Simmons his 2nd try of the night. Moylan adds the 2.
Canberra Raiders 24-12