Friday 8th April at Penrith Stadium
Penrith 36 – Tries: Campbell (2), Wesser (2), Galea (1), Lewis (1); Goals: Campbell (6) | Melbourne 16
Danny Galea’s try after just five minutes gave Panthers an early 4-0 lead, which was soon reduced to 2 with a Storm penalty.
In the 13th minute, Rhys Wesser pounced on a perfectly weighted kick from Craig Gower and after deliberation was given the green light by the video referee. Preston Campbell’s conversion made it 10-2.
Melbourne fought back with a try of their own to make it 10-6 but a penalty conversion slotted by Campbell on the stroke of half time gave the home team a 12-6 lead.
A Campbell try soon after the restart gave Penrith an 18-6 lead, but the visitors scored once again to reduce it to a 6 point margin.
Penrith pulled ahead once again when Luke Lewis pulled in a Galea pass to dive in the corner.
Melbourne would however keep Penrith on their toes with another counter response to make it 24-16.
But the Panthers would once again extend their lead when Wesser crossed for his second after spinning in a tackle close to the line, with Campbell’s conversion making it a 14 point lead.
Campbell iced the contest soon after when he himself crossed for his second, and his conversion giving him a 20 point haul for the match.