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6:00pm Fri March 31, 2023
Round 5 - GIO Stadium Canberra, Bruce / Ngunnawal - Crowd: 15334

Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary makes it 53-12.

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 53 Panthers

Try: Panthers
Scored by Jaeman Salmon. Kick to come.

That has got to hurt given the history. Salmon off a short ball from Nathan Cleary off the scrum to bring up 50.

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 51 Panthers

Jarome Luai kicks and forces a repeat set. 50 still on the cards.


Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary extends the buffer.

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 47 Panthers

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

Izack Tago goes right through as Matthew Timoko overcommitts on the winger and then flicks it to Stephen Crichton who kicks ahead and perfectly times it to score!

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 45 Panthers

Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary kicks it.

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 41 Panthers

Try: Panthers
Scored by Tyrone Peachey. Kick to come.

And in his first game back at Penrith since 2018 - the Peach embarrasses soft Canberra defence to go over under the posts!

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 39 Panthers

Jordan Rapana loses it as he is dragged towards the sideline after fielding a Nathan Cleary kick. Penrith on the attack 10 out.


Canberra with another chance late after Nathan Cleary's kick is fielded by Sebastian Kris inside the in-goal area and then followed up by a penalty as Penrith hold the Raiders down but Jamal Fogarty now coughs the ball up.


Nothing comes of it though as Matthew Timoko is taken into touch.


Miscommunication between Dylan Edwards and Sunia Turuva and the ball goes into touch. Raiders with the ball inside the 20.


Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary makes it 35-12.

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 35 Panthers

Try: Panthers
Scored by Zac Hosking. Kick to come.

And the Panthers make them pay as Dylan Edwards brilliantly plays it short to put the second rower over.

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 33 Panthers

Oh dear... that's the last thing Canberra needed. Jordan Rapana drops the kick-off.


Conversion: Raiders
Kicked by Jamal Fogarty.

The Raiders halfback slots it.

Panthers lead Raiders 12 - 29 Panthers

Try: Raiders
Scored by Hudson Young. Kick to come.

A try from nothing! Hudson Young grubbers through and Dylan Edwards has it but loses possession and Young regathes to score.

Panthers lead Raiders 10 - 29 Panthers

Nathan Cleary almost makes a break on the last but is tripped up, kicks the ball and the Raiders finally have the ball back.


Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary converts his try.

Panthers lead Raiders 6 - 29 Panthers

Try: Panthers
Scored by Nathan Cleary. Kick to come.

Mitch Kenny with an awful pass from dummy half and the ball goes to Jarome Luai who then links with Izack Tago and the centre kicks inside. Sebastian Kris - WHAT ARE YOU DOING - he lets Lindsay Smith get it and he then offloads for Cleary to score!

Panthers lead Raiders 6 - 27 Panthers

Brian To'o with a huge run to open the set. Penrith already 40 out on the fourth.


Conversion: Panthers
Attempted by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary hooks it left.

Panthers lead Raiders 6 - 23 Panthers

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

A brilliant tackle from Matt Frawley stops what otherwise looked to be a certain Zac Hosking try. But six again now for Penrith after Canberra play at a Nathan Cleary kick and now Jarome Luai plays it to Izack Tago who goes through a gaping hole to score a quickfire double.

Panthers lead Raiders 6 - 23 Panthers

An error from Matt Frawley and the Panthers have another chance to push ahead, 20 out now.


Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary kicks it.

Panthers lead Raiders 6 - 19 Panthers

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

That was far more clinical than that earlier set. Cleary finds Scott Sorensen in space and he offloads to Izack Tago!

Panthers lead Raiders 6 - 17 Panthers

A penalty for Penrith and the visitors have another chance early in the second half and they score!


But the Panthers cough it up. This is not the slick Penrith attacking unit of old.


Underway again at GIO Stadium and a horror start for Canberra as Jordan Rapana tries to trap the kick-off with his feet and can't. Penrith have it! Crichton back on from the bin too.


HALFTIME - Penrith up 13-6 at the break.


Field Goal: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Corey Horsburgh penalised for holding down Dylan Edwards and the Panthers get in field goal range as Nathan Cleary adds the point.

Panthers lead Raiders 6 - 13 Panthers

A six-again for Penrith who have a chance to land a killer blow before halftime but a bad error from Isaah Yeo relieves pressure.


A relieving penalty for Penrith now.


The Raiders spread it left and Albert Hopoate races away - they really need to get him more early ball - and then he kicks inside for Jamal Fogarty who has it but desperate tackles from Lindsay Smith and Izack Tago force the ball free. A try goes begging.


Conversion: Raiders
Kicked by Jamal Fogarty.

Fogarty slots it.

Panthers lead Raiders 6 - 12 Panthers

Try: Raiders
Scored by Elliott Whitehead. Kick to come.

A very conservative set from Canberra offering very little before a Zac Woolford kick brings points as Elliott Whitehead pounces.

Panthers lead Raiders 4 - 12 Panthers

Repeated infringements and Crichton goes.


Izack Tago can't take the Matt Frawley kick and Canberra has a full set on Penrith's line.


Challenge deemed unsuccessful.


Nathan Cleary puts up a spiraling bomb and Stephen Crichton is penalised for a push in the back before the Canberra error. Panthers challenging.


Good news actually now with Russell reporting James Fisher-Harris could actually return, with the injury not thought to be serious.


UPDATE: Matt Russell on the sideline for Fox Sports reporting James Fisher-Harris has a knee injury, having come off earlier in the half. No diagnosis yet on how bad it may be.


Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Cleary makes it 12-0.

Panthers lead Raiders 0 - 12 Panthers

Try: Panthers
Scored by Sunia Turuva. Kick to come.

OK. So A LOT happened there! Kenny to Cleary to Crichton who flicks it to To'o, he goes back to Leota, who passes to Edwards, to Luai who jinks around and Yeo offloads to Sorensen who pases to Turuva and the winger grubbers for himself and SCORES!

Panthers lead Raiders 0 - 10 Panthers

Nathan Cleary kicks on the 4th and Sebastian Kris has it covered but now Harley Smith-Shields makes an error. Panthers 40 out.


Josh Papali'i charges at the Penrith left edge defence but a great tackle by Izack Tago and then the Panthers scramble again to stop Matthew Timoko. Nothing more for the Raiders, who kick to Jordan Rapana on the last but he's easily handled.


Another six-again for Penrith and then a quick exchange of passes sees Zac Hosking go through and link with Dylan Edwards on the inside, who tries to offload but Joseph Tapine does well to intercept it. Raiders now inside the Panthers' 20.


Nothing comes of the set though as Canberra puts it down on the last.


Stephen Crichton spills the kick on the last but Brian To'o is there to pick up the scraps and save a try. Dropout coming though.


Stephen Crichton with an error near halfway and Canberra with a chance to hit back.


No penalty given away and the Panthers have it back after the Jamal Fogarty bomb.


Credit to Canberra who stand up to the test and scramble well. Penrith need to maintain its discipline here and not give away any cheap penalties, with the Raiders deep in their own territory.


Poor execution off the scrum from Penrith as Sunia Turuva drops a ball at his feet but Canbera is offside. Another set to defend here.


The Panthers really threatening here with nice shape on both sides of the field and a few strong carries from Zac Hosking. No try yet though. But they have a repeat set now.


The same goes for Canberra as Jamal Fogarty clears it and Dylan Edwards fields the ball for Penrith. Now a penalty for inside the 10 as the Panthers march up the field with a chance to go further ahead.


A regulation set for Penrith as Nathan Cleary goes to the air on the last from halfway and Albert Hopoate is underneath it. Raiders working it out from deep in their own territory.


Conversion: Panthers
Kicked by Nathan Cleary.

Having set up the try, Cleary now slots it to make it 6-0 Penrith.

Panthers lead Raiders 0 - 6 Panthers

Try: Panthers
Scored by Sunia Turuva. Kick to come.

Too easy! Nathan Cleary with the early kick on the 4th and it sits up perfectly for Izack Tago who links with his winger!

Panthers lead Raiders 0 - 4 Panthers

Off the scrum! Sebastian Kris breaks through down the left edge and looks for Albert Hopoate in support but the winger drops the ball. Penrith survive a BIG scare. Panthers with it on their own 30.


A poor error from James Fisher-Harris though as Penrith cough it up early in the set.


Now a relieving penalty for the Panthers and Nathan Cleary can find touch inside the Canberra half.


A few testing offloads from Canberra but otherwise the home side doesn't threaten too much and then Elliott Whitehead comes up with the error. Penrith survive.


Isaah Yeo takes it over halfway in his 200th game as Nathan Cleary has his kick on the last charged down! Raiders 20 out as Zac Woolford dives on it.

The Raiders kick off and Penrith have first use of it.

Both teams are 1-17, with kick-off expected in 10 minutes.

Good evening and welcome to League Unlimited's live update of tonight's game between the Raiders and Panthers at GIO Stadium.

Referees & scorers:

Referee: Adam Gee

Touch Judges: Belinda Sharpe, Jon Stone

Video Referee: Ben Cummins

Tries: Elliott Whitehead, Hudson Young
Field Goals:
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Jamal Fogarty (2/2)
Penalty Goals:

Tries: Sunia Turuva (2), Nathan Cleary, Stephen Crichton, Izack Tago (2), Zac Hosking, Tyrone Peachey, Jaeman Salmon
Field Goals: Nathan Cleary (1/1)
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Nathan Cleary (8/9)
Penalty Goals: