11 hours ago
Penrith Pounce on Raiders
The Penrith Panthers have shocked the Canberra Raiders in their opening round claash as the home side won 32-10 in front of a loud crowd. 10,882 patrons at Centrebet Stadium, Penrith.
It was all the Panthers early on with both teams jostling for possesion close to the line. Sandor Earl thought he had scored a try in the 13th minute but it was
ruled that he had knocked the ball on over the line.
Moments later a penalty for the Panthers had Gus' men attacking inside the Raiders' 20 with Sika Manu scoring the first try. James Segearyo came out of dummy half, offloading to Lachlan Coote who held the ball up, drew three defenders in to send a strong Manu over for his first four pointer in the 21st minute.
The Raiders got back into the game in the 30th minute for Mcilwrick scooting from Dummy half, hitting a perfect gap and offloading to Josh McCrone who sprinted away to score
his try 30 minutes into the game.
Segeyaro scored a try after 38 minutes with a simple dummy half scoot to hand the Panthers a 12-6 lead at the break.
The second half was much the same as Penrith continued their dominance around the ruck but it was a mircale catch on an outside shift via Blake Ferguson who scored in the 54th minute.
The Panthers then ran away with the match 32-10 with tries from Nathan Smith and Nigel Plum.