Full Time
80:00
8:05pm Thu March 10, 2022
Round 1 - BlueBet Stadium, Penrith - Crowd: 16901
80min

DCE puts up one final kick which is pounced on. FULLTIME! Panthers stroll to another home win in front of a crowd for the first time 200 plus days.

77min

Conversion: Panthers
Attempted by Stephen Crichton.

Crichton pushes it wide.

Panthers lead Panthers 28 - 6 Sea Eagles
75min

Try: Panthers
Scored by Liam Martin. Kick to come.

Sean O'Sullivan has done well in his Panthers debut. Another wonderful pass and he sends a steaming Liam Martin over to seal the game.

Panthers lead Panthers 28 - 6 Sea Eagles
73min

Sea Eagles tried the powerplay on last. They go down the shortside but easily taken. Handover.

71min

Good kick from the Sea Eagles. DCE piloted it into the corner and Saab trapped Edwards ingoal.

67min

Tommy Turbo got into some space but flicks a speculator out, which sees Foran dribble a kick over the sideline. Handover.

65min

That was a strange contest. It looked to hit the Panther but it was called off Saab and the Panthers regather.

64min

Moses Leota fumbles it. Relief for the Sea Eagles.

62min

Well placed kick from the Panthers and Tommy Turbo took it dead. Dropout incoming.

61min

PENALTY PANTHERS! Offside.

61min

Turbo got cut in half and Panthers have the ball back!

60min

PENALTY SEA EAGLES! Crusher tackle.

60min

Liam Martin is called for the knock on. Panthers go for the CHALLENGE right away. It will be SUCCESSFUL. Panthers ball.

58min

Manly get themselves some field position but Lachlan Croker spills it.

57min

PENALTY SEA EAGLES! Can they get some momentum going.

57min

Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Stephen Crichton.

Crichton slams it over from close range.

Panthers lead Panthers 24 - 6 Sea Eagles
56min

Try: Panthers
Scored by Apisai Koroisau. Kick to come.

Api Koroisau just sneaks over from dummy half! Panthers just on the front foot all game.

Panthers lead Panthers 22 - 6 Sea Eagles
55min

Game has settled into a grind in recent minutes. Manly need to find something to break the sequence and get themselves back into the contest.

49min

Crichton tries to take on the line, throws a speculator that sees Staines taken over the sideline.

48min

The pain just compounds for the Sea Eagles. DCE kicks out on the full.

47min

Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Stephen Crichton.

Crichton adds a further two points.

Panthers lead Panthers 18 - 6 Sea Eagles
45min

Try: Panthers
Scored by Jarome Luai. Kick to come.

Jarome Luai poked his nose through and slides in. The ball is kept alive on last and it ends with the Panthers playmaker to score.

Panthers lead Panthers 16 - 6 Sea Eagles
43min

To'o is wrangled by the Manly cover defense. It was another swift swing to the left but the Sea Eagles were ready for it that time.

41min

Both sides got through their first set of the game. Panthers get a PENALTY for offside though.

40min

KICK-OFF! We're set for an epic second half with a wobbly kick that Crichton picks up on the half volley.

40min

Here we go for the second half! The Sea Eagles struck just before the break. Can they take that momentum into this half? or will the Panthers just roll on.

40min

Conversion: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Reuben Garrick.

Garrick with his first kick of the year. He raises the flags. HALFTIME.

Panthers lead Panthers 12 - 6 Sea Eagles
39min

Try: Sea Eagles
Scored by Ethan Bullemor. Kick to come.

Something from nothing for the Sea Eagles there! Jake Turbo panicked on last, gave it to Foran then Tommy Turbo who found former Bronco Ethan Bullemor to stride away.

Panthers lead Panthers 12 - 4 Sea Eagles
38min

Kikau now rolls one through and traps the Manly side on their own 20 again. Panthers contact has been ferocious in this half.

36min

Karl Lawton fresh on the field and might have picked up a head knock already. He got his head in the wrong spot and might need a HIA.

33min

Stephen Crichton is everywhere tonight. He almost sent Charlie Staines away down the wing but the pass was behind the winger. The Panthers forwards are monsterous tonight.

31min

Conversion: Panthers
Attempted by Stephen Crichton.

The centre steps up to convert his own effort. Swung it wide.

Panthers lead Panthers 12 - 0 Sea Eagles
31min

Try: Panthers
Scored by Stephen Crichton. Kick to come.

Crichton gets across the line again. He ran a fantastic line, smashes through the line and left Brad Parker clutching at air.

Panthers lead Panthers 12 - 0 Sea Eagles
30min

Manly hand it over again. Signing their own death warrant in this contest against a pumped up Panthers side.

29min

Panthers looked like they were surging towards the line again but Charlie Staines loses the handle at the final hurdle.

24min

Penalty Goal: Panthers
Kicked by Stephen Crichton.

Crichton raises the flags again.

Panthers lead Panthers 8 - 0 Sea Eagles
23min

PENALTY PANTHERS! Sorensen who is fresh into the attack is hit late. Panthers opt for two.

22min

After a slow start, the Panthers have taken control of this contest. They have limited the metres that Manly have made and taken the ball in good field position every time.

19min

Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Stephen Crichton.

Crichton has kicking duties and swings it over.

Panthers lead Panthers 6 - 0 Sea Eagles
18min

Try: Panthers
Scored by Izack Tago. Kick to come.

Izack Tago dives over for hopefully the Panthers first four-pointer here! It was simple hands and the youngster gets low and goes over.

Panthers lead Panthers 4 - 0 Sea Eagles
16min

Frantic finish to the set for the Panthers. It went left, right and back to the middle. The kick wasn't the best but Jake Turbo won't get a spot in the slip cordon after that drop.

14min

Bullemor drops the ball going through the line. Big cheer from the locals after a line ball pass.

13min

PENALTY SEA EAGLES! Saab taken in the air. Another soft piggyback for them.

12min

INTERCEPT! Crichton pinches it from the Sea Eagles. Here come the Panthers again.

11min

To'o is pinned in-goal from a superb DCE kick! First line dropout of the season.

10min

RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY! Another obstruction chalks off a Panthers try. To'os work goes unrewarded.

10min

VIDEO REFEREE! Brian To'o might have produced a miracle here. Checking obstruction again.

8min

Panthers survive another scare. Sea Eagles poked through from another kick, got themselves the ball back but it was taken well by the defenders. Now they get a six again.

7min

PENALTY SEA EAGLES! Offside. The count is 3 to nil for the visitors thus far.

6min

There is our first six again of the season! Panthers deep in attacking territory now.

5min

Jake Turbo drops it when Manly were surging.

4min

PENALTY SEA EAGLES! Obstruction.

4min

VIDEO REFEREE! We're checking obstruction. Liam Martin ran an outside line. RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY!

1min

Panthers survive their first defensive test! Sea Eagles tried the power move through the line twice then swept it back to their star in Turbo but he was taken. Changeover.

PENALTY SEA EAGLES! Panthers defense were offside.

Welcome back Rugby League! Kick-off is here! Sipley charges right into the Panthers pack to get us going.

Here come the Sea Eagles. They get the usual reaction from the faithful in Penrith as they trot onto the turf in their white and maroon jersey. Next here come the Champions. Penrith. The bell tolls for them as they stride confidently down the tunnel and get a rousing reception from their home fans. They haven't seen them in 200+ days and get to enjoy this side! Panthers obviously in their black kit and will kick us off tonight.

Welcome to Season 2022 everybody! We start off the year with a fantastic contest between two sides who lit up the competition. Penrith Panthers are the defending Premiers after beating Souths in the decider while Manly Sea Eagles scored points at will but fell in the Prelim. The Panthers will be without their talisman in Nathan Cleary but have returned a majority of the squad from the win last year. Manly obviously have Tommy Turbo in their ranks and love to find the stripe. This should be a wonderful exhibition of rugby league to kick off the new season! Grab your snacks, drinks and whatever else. Get ready to ride the Rugby League rollercoaster for another year!

Referees & scorers:

Referee: Adam Gee

Touch Judges: Kasey Badger, David Munro

Video Referee: Ashley Klein

PENRITH PANTHERS (28)
Tries: Stephen Crichton, Izack Tago, Jarome Luai, Apisai Koroisau, Liam Martin
Conversions: Stephen Crichton (3/5)
Penalty Goals: Stephen Crichton (1/1)

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (6)
Tries: Ethan Bullemor
Conversions: Reuben Garrick (1/1)