Panthers claim derby success over Eels

PENRITH registered their biggest ever winning margin against Parramatta at Centrebet Stadium with a 44-12 disposal of a disappointing Eels outfit in front of 14,211 fans tonight.

The win was the Panthers first since a 32-10 success over the Raiders in the opening round. Despite being severely understrength the home side were rarely troubled with halfback Luke Walsh, interchange hooker James Segeyaro and fullback Matt Moylan standouts.

The Panthers started the match in the best possible fashion with Travis Robinson racing 80m to score under the posts in just the 3rd minute. The Eels kicked into the in-goal but Robinson claimed the ball on the full before beating the Parramatta players back out to the 20m line for the restart. With no fullback in position it was a great start for the home side.

The next 10 minutes featured both sides with high completion rates before Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne opened his sides account for the night. Halfback Chris Sandow kicked across field for winger Vai Toutai who picked up the loose ball before being tackled. From the ensuing quick play-the-ball Parramatta spun possession to the left for Hayne to step off his left foot and slice through.

Two tries in four minutes between the 25th and 29th minutes extended the Panthers lead to 16-6 with winger David Simmons and James Segeyaro crossing. Simmons crossed out wide after fullback Matt Moylan linked with centre Dean Whare in the lead up. Segeyaro was the beneficiary of some more creative lead-up work from Walsh and Moylan. The play was reminiscent of one performed by the Melbourne Storm.

The Eels hit back through winger Toutai in the 32nd minute with a barnstorming run where he left several Panthers defenders lying on the ground. In the shadows of halftime Robinson scored his second try in the corner after Walsh was again the architect and the Panthers took a 20-12 lead to the break.

The Panthers extended their lead further in the 52nd minute when Segeyaro crossed for his second try of the night. From a set-start winger David Simmons burst through some feeble Parramatta defence before racing 50-metres downfield. Fullback Matt Moylan was looming up in support and Simmons found the fullback who delivered a perfectly timed ball to Segeyaro who scored under the posts.

Dean Whare put the result beyond doubt in the 62nd minute when he took advantage of a miraculous pass from winger David Simmons. Walsh kicked to his winger and despite Simmons being under the attention of two Eels defenders he managed to release the ball out the back. Whare was on the spot to take advantage of his good luck and secure the Panthers first win in six weeks.

Lewis Brown looked like he wrapped up the scoring in the shadows of full-time after Walsh again weighted a perfect kick into space. The former Warrior gleefully picked up the ball on the bounce after Toutai slipped over.

But the Panthers weren’t finished there with David Simmons adding another try to an already impressive performance as the fulltime siren sounded when he latched onto yet another Walsh cross-field kick.

Next week the eels need to regroup for the visit of the Cowboys while the Panthers travel to Allianz Stadium to tackle the in-form Roosters next Sunday.

Match Details
Penrith Panthers 44 Parramatta Eels 12
Venue: Penrith Stadium
Crowd: 14211
Halftime Score: Penrith Panthers 20-12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Luke Walsh
2 points - Matt Moylan
1 point - James Segeyaro

PENRITH PANTHERS (44)
Tries: Travis Robinson (2), David Simmons (2), James Segeyaro (2), Dean Whare, Lewis Brown
Field Goals:
Conversions: Luke Walsh (5/7), Matt Moylan (1/1)
Penalty Goals:

PARRAMATTA EELS (12)
Tries: Jarryd Hayne, Vai Toutai
Field Goals:
Conversions: Chris Sandow (2/2)
Penalty Goals:

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Evening footy fans and welcome to Centrebet Stadium for tonight's Round 7 encounter between Penrith and Parramatta. The match pits two sides desperate for the two points as they attempt to kick-start their season.
In team news, the Eels are 1-17 while the Panthers lose Nathan Smith. He will be replaced by Mose Masoe on the interchange bench with Adam Docker to start at lock. Nigel Plum also returns back to the bench.
News just to hand from Townsville with the Cowboys confirming Alex Elisala has passed away this afternoon. Another promising, young player gone too soon. Prayers with family, friends and the Cowboys club from everyone here at LeagueUnlimited.
In the Holden Cup curtain-raiser the Panthers continued their good start to the season with a 22-18 victory over the Eels. Kick-off in first grade is a little over half an hour away.
Drama in the warm-up with Ryan Morgan tearing his hamstring. He'll be replaced by Cheyse Blair.
1 min: We're underway in Penrith. The Eels with first use of the ball as they defend the southern end of the ground.
1 min: PENALTY Eels. Penrith caught offside.
2 min: Good defence from the Panthers and they repel the Eels.
3 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Travis Robinson. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Travis Robinson. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Travis Robinson catches the bomb in the in-goal and raced out to take the 20m tap before the Eels could turn around! He then sprinted 80m to score under the posts at the southern end of Centrebet Stadium to open the scoring. Walsh adds the extras.
Penrith Panthers 6-0
8 min: The Eels get through their 4th set in possession with Hayne going to the air.
8 min: Moylan takes it well under pressure from Sandow.
9 min: Kelly grubbers into the in-goal and Simmons picks up the ball. The winger then lost the ball but after the referee had called held.
10 min: PENALTY Panthers. Eels caught offside.
11 min: Simmons bats Walsh's cross-field kick back into the arms of Manu who looked certain to score but a trysaver from Loko saved the day for the Eels.
12 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
The Eels go the length of the field with Sandow kicking for Toutai. The winger took the tackle before getting a quick play-the-ball. The ball was then spun to the left with Hayne beating a retreating defence to score next to the posts.
6 all
15 min: The Eels lose the ball on tackle two and the Panthers go on the attack.
16 min: Sio claims Simmons' bat back and has possession for the Eels.
17 min: Brown jumps out of dummy half but loses the ball.
18 min: PENALTY Eels. Mannah put in a dangerous position by Kevin Kingston. Eels to go on the attack.
19 min: Toutai scores in the corner but the pass from Hayne is ruled forward.
21 min: PENALTY Eels. Panthers taking too long to get off the player.
22 min: Smith charges onto Keating's flat ball but knocks on. Panthers scrum.
23 min: 40/20 PENRITH PANTHERS
Luke Walsh kicks a 40/20.
Walsh comes up with a pin-point kick to put the home side on the attack.
24 min: PENALTY Panthers. Eels offside.
25 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by David Simmons. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh unsuccessful.
Well-constructed try for the Panthers! Simmons crosses in the right corner after some quick hands from Moylan found Whare who sent Simmons over untouched. Walsh hooks the kick to the left from the touchline.
Penrith Panthers 10-6
27 min: PENALTY Panthers. Lussick ruled to have hung around too long in the ruck.
29 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by James Segeyaro. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Segeyaro extends the Panthers lead! Walsh engaged the defence before passing on the inside to Moylan. His quick hands found Segeyaro in support who ran around Hayne to score alongside the posts. Walsh converts.
Penrith Panthers 16-6
32 min: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Eels try.
32 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Vai Toutai. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Toutai hits back for the Eels with a barnstorming run. Sandow lofted a pass out to Blair who passed on the inside to his winger to bustle his way into the in-goal. Sandow adds the extras.
Penrith Panthers 16-12
34 min: Ben Smith drops the ball on the halfway line. Panthers scrum.
37 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Travis Robinson. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh unsuccessful.
Walsh sets up another Panthers try! They ran the ball down the left side with Matt Robinson running a great line before he found Lewis Brown in support. Brown passed to Travis Robinson who scored in the corner. Walsh scrapes the outside of the left upright. No goal.
Penrith Panthers 20-12
40 min: 40/20 PARRAMATTA EELS
Chris Sandow kicks a 40/20.
Sandow pulls off a great kick with 10 seconds left in the half. The Eels will feed a scrum.
40 min: The Eels go close but Sio is bundled into touch as the siren sounds to end the first half.
40 min: Halftime at the foot of the mountains and it's the hosts leading 20-12.
40 min: Second half action underway at Centrebet!
41 min: Mistake from Lewis Brown early in the tackle count. Early chance for the Eels to close the 8-point deficit.
43 min: Kelly kicks for Sio but he knocks the ball into touch. Panthers play-the-ball.
43 min: Segeyaro's pass back to Kingston is fractionally forward. Eels scrum on halfway.
45 min: Sandow drifts across field but loses the ball.
49 min: Walsh grubbers into the in-goal and forces a dropout.
50 min: PENALTY Panthers. Mannah with a lifting tackle.
50 min: PENALTY Panthers. Eels working the tackled player.
52 min: Kelly chips for Hayne who grabs the ball but then momentarily takes his eyes off possession and knocks on.
52 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by James Segeyaro. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Segeyaro scores his second try after Simmons burst through from the scrum and a disappointing tackle from Ben Roberts. He threw a round-the-corner pass to Moylan who found Segeyaro in support. Walsh adds the extras.
Penrith Panthers 26-12
59 min: PENALTY Penrith. Eels offside from bat back from kick.
60 min: PENALTY Panthers. Ball ruled to have been stripped in a three-man tackle as Tim Mannah is chaired off the field.
62 min: Eels lose possession again as they start to pay catch up
62 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Dean Whare. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Whare crosses to seal the match for the home side! Walsh kicked across for Simmons who appeared certain to be wrapped up in a two-man tackle but somehow managed to throw the ball out the back and Whare scored untouched. Walsh adds the extras from beside the posts.
Penrith Panthers 32-12
66 min: the Eels race through the middle of the field out of nothing but the pass from Roberts sails over Hayne's head and into touch.
69 min: Manu tries to throw the ball out the back but loses it.
70 min: Moylan comes up with a great take from a spiralling Kelly bomb.
74 min: Toutai can't claim Walsh's spiralling bomb and Smith can't pick up the ball, trying to bat it back to teammates but into the arms of a Panther.
74 min: PENALTY Eels. Nigel Plum was dragged down just short but promoted the ball in a double movement.
76 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Lewis Brown. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Lewis Brown is in the right place at the right time with Luke Walsh's kick absolutely perfect. Walsh adds the extras.
Penrith Panthers 38-12
79 min: PENALTY Panthers. Moylan taken out in pursuit of Walsh's kick.
80 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by David Simmons. Conversion attempt by Matt Moylan successful.
David Simmons adds another try to an already impressive performance as fulltime sounds by latching onto yet another Walsh cross-field kick.
Penrith Panthers 44-12
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