Friday 19th July at Panthers Stadium
Penrith 40: Tries: Naden (2), To’o (2), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (1), Cleary (1), Leota (1); Goals: Cleary (6) | St. George Illawarra 18
Penrith opened the scoring when Brian To’o got a finger on a Nathan Cleary chip kick before it travelled dead for a 4-0 lead after seven minutes.
Twelve minutes later the lead was extended when Brent Naden won the race to a Mitch Kenny drubber, with Nathan Cleary’s conversion making it 10-0.
The Dragons hit back with two tries in a 10 minute period to lead 12-10 after 34 minutes.
With only three minutes remaining the Panthers regained the lead when To’o crossed for his second after a brilliant individual effort – he took an inside pass 30 metres out and after busting a tackle ran the angle to break the line back inside the field and managed to power his way over the line. Cleary’s conversion saw the Panthers hold a 16-12 lead at half time.
Three minutes after the resumption Moses Leota ran a line at close range to score – the bunker overturned the on field no try call after it was deemed that there was no obstruction in the lead up.
It was the first of a four try burst over 17 minutes.
Tries to Cleary after 51 minutes (who grounded a James Maloney grubber), Brent Naden in the 54th minute (who crossed in the corner after a simple 3 from 1 after a Dragons turn over) and Reagan Campbell-Gillard in the 59th minute (who ran hard off a short Maloney pass at close range and crossed over untouched) had Penrith hold a 40-10 lead after 60 minutes.
The Panthers could not add to the scoreboard in the final 20 minutes with the only scoring being a Dragons try in the 68th minute.