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The Penrith Panthers were just too strong this afternoon at CUA Stadium in front of a crowd of 14,023, as they soundly defeated the Sydney Roosters by 28-6.
It did not take long in the match for the home side to show their dominance as the Roosters defence had no answer to an error free start by the Panthers.
The halftime score of 16-0 a good indication. Panthers fullback Coote in fine form causing havoc on attack.
The second half an continuation of the first half as the Panthers looked impressive both on attack and defence.
Penrith halfback Walsh creating all sorts of strife for the defence with his high kicks throughout the whole match.
The Roosters solitary try of the match a credit to the visitors not giving in. But a tough ask to compete against a Panthers side hell-bent on winning this afternoon.
Penrith Panthers 28 defeated Sydney Roosters 6
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 5 - Sunday April 11, 2010 3:00pm
Venue: CUA Stadium
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Bernard Sutton
Video Referee: Paul Simpkins
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and Jeff Younis
Halftime: Penrith Panthers 16 Sydney Roosters 0
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Lachlan Coote (1 Try)
2 Points - Luke Lewis
1 Point - Luke Walsh
Penrith Panthers (28)
Tries: Adrian Purtell, Michael Gordon, Michael Jennings, Lachlan Coote, Joseph Paulo
Conversions: Michael Gordon (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Michael Gordon (0/1)
Sydney Roosters (6)
Tries: Mitchell Aubusson
Conversions: Todd Carney (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Brilliant conditions out in West Sydney for this afternoon's match between the Panthers and the Roosters.
Both sides as per programme.
1 min: The Panthers get the match underway thru Coote.
2 min: Nice first set by the Roosters to go the length of the field.
3 min: The Panthers respond with a prefect initial set as well.
4 min: First penalty goes the Roosters way. Play resumes 35 metres out from their line, only to have the first mistake of the match in their set.
7 min: TRY
Perfect start to the match for the home side. A great high kick by Walsh on the fifth tackle is nabbed in goal by Paulo.
Penrith Panthers 4-0
12 min: Solid start by the Panthers. The Roosters breaking the line but fumbling the ball.
13 min: Following a great burst by Coote, the Panthers looking dangerous again.
14 min: TRY
The break by Coote setting up a solid attack by the Panthers. A nice step by Jennings sees him over the line and behind the posts.
Penrith Panthers 10-0
17 min: Panthers defence matching their attack as the Roosters find it hard to break thru the line.
18 min: Pearce on report following a high shot on Coote. Play 40 metres out from the Panthers line.
19 min: The attack looked solid but Walsh's kick into the goal area just a little deep.
20 min: Drinks break on a hot and windy afternoon in Penrith.
20 min: Early penalty after the break to the Panthers. The Roosters making it hard for themselves.
22 min: Coote takes a high ball with confidence and ease after the Roosters looking good on attack.
23 min: NO TRY - Lewis looked to have scored but a knock on by Coote is picked up by the officials.
25 min: A mistake by the Roosters yet again, this time 35 metres out from the Panthers line, Carney losing the ball in the tackle.
27 min: Penalty to the Panthers 20 metres out from their line. They take the tap but desperate defence by the Roosters.
28 min: Line dropout - Panthers. Graham caught up in the advertising signage at the back of the field.
28 min: James Aubusson injured in a tackle while the Panthers knock on, on attack. Seems to be ok.
30 min: Knock on by Minichiello right by the Panthers line, the home side pumped up.
32 min: Coote knocks on from an offload by Pritchard right on their line.
33 min: Roosters get a relieving penalty and launch their attack 40 metres out from the line.
35 min: Aubusson loses the ball forward close to the line on the 4th tackle.
39 min: Video ref used to see if the Panthers players are onside before a try is awarded to Purtell.
40 min: TRY
High kick by Walsh is chased well by Coote who does a flick pass back to Purtell who scores.
Penrith Panthers 16-0
40 min: Halftime: A very good first half by the Panthers sees them well and truely in control of the match by 16-0.
41 min: Anasta gets the second half underway.
42 min: Solid starting set by the Roosters only to have a really bad fifth tackle option. James Aubusson out of the game with a recurring knee injury.
44 min: Walsh sets the game alight with another high speculator. The Panthers close to scoring but the Roosters are saved from another try.
47 min: The Roosters making ground in their set only to lose their way on the fringes allowing the Panthers to grab the possession back.
48 min: Jennings close to scoring in the corner. 3 defending Roosters enough to hold him up.
50 min: TRY
The Panthers on attack making so much ground. Once again the grubber kick by Walsh spot on as Coote dives thru to score.
Penrith Panthers 22-0
53 min: Lewis close to nailing a 40/20.
55 min: No advantage to the Panthers following a knock on close to the Panthers line by the Roosters. Gives the home side another set on attack, a tough ask for the tiring Roosters, but they hang on and Lewis offloads and the ball travels forward.
60 min: Goal line dropout. Counter attack by the Roosters from the Panthers line, and are rewarded with a goal line dropout. Drinks break.
61 min: TRY
The Roosters finally get on the scoreboard in the game as Aubusson easily crosses the line following a quick pass by Pearce.
Penrith Panthers 22-6
64 min: A roll on for the Roosters with a penalty giving them easy metres. Unfortunately Anasta drops the ball on the 1st tackle
66 min: Lewis carving up the opposition, and earns his side a penalty.
67 min: PENALTY GOAL ATTEMPT
Gordon, 20 metres out, slices the kick across the posts.
Penrith Panthers 22-6
68 min: The Roosters turn to have the ball 40 metres out from their line, looking for another try.
70 min: Line dropout - Roosters. Another set for the visitors.
70 min: The Roosters bomb any chance of scoring, looking pretty unsettled on attack. Carney in the end, knocks on.
73 min: Gordon close to scoring out wide, video ref about to check.
74 min: TRY
Try given to Gordon, obstruction ruled out. Beautiful kick for the conversion out wide.
Penrith Panthers 28-6
77 min: Coote comes flying thru on yet another high kick by Walsh. Unfortunately he knock the ball on.
78 min: Line dropout - Roosters. The visitors may have lost the match but they aren't giving up.
79 min: Video ref used to see if the Roosters debutant has scored. Called up short, penalty to Panthers.
80 min: Fulltime: Fine display by the Panthers to win with confidence.