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Ryan Girdler today became the only player in the history of Australian Rugby League to score 100 tries and 500 goals as the Penrith Panthers defeated the Melbourne Storm 36-16 at Penrith Football Stadium today.
The Storm were first to score but were never in the match as the Panthers posted a healthy half time lead of 24-4.
Melbourne came back in the second half with two tries and looked like making a contest of it at 24-16.
But Penrith ran away with it with Girdler scoring a double and putting the match beyond the visitor's reach.
3:00PM, Sat 27 July 2002 Penrith Football Stadium Referee: W Harrigan
Penrith Panthers 36 (Tries: Girdler 2, Puletua, Hopkins, Priddis, Hicks. Goals: Girdler 6/6) defeated Melbourne Storm 16 (Tries: Tadulala, Ross, Moule. Goals: Orford 2/3)