Sunday 8th September at Panthers Stadium
Penrith 54: Tries: Cleary (4), Burns (12), Egan (1), Leota (1), To’o (1); Goals: Cleary (9) | Newcastle 10
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Knights would be first to score through an intercept try to lead 4-0.
However, the Panthers soon struck back when Nathan Cleary ran at the line and dummied, slicing and then jinking his way through the defensive line to cross over. His own conversion gave the Panthers a 6-4 lead.
After 31 minutes, Brian To’o stepped back inside from his spot on the right wing and a combination of dazzling footwork and sheer power saw him barge over.
A second try to Nathan Cleary, once again running at the line and slicing through the defence at close range had Penrith hold an 18-4 lead at half time.
Three minutes a questionable try awarded to the Knights reduced the lead to 8 points.
Just before the 50 minute mark, a Cleary bomb was taken by Billy Burns and had a clear run to the line and Cleary’s fourth conversion gave Penrith a 24-10 lead.
Having been given six more tackles after a charge down on the set immediately afterwards, a Burns line break started a spectacular team try which included a deft flick pass from Viliame Kikau as he was trying to stay in field and was finished by Wayde Egan.
With Newcastle down to 12 men, Penrith soon took advantage with Moses Leota simply running a line at close range and planted the ball under the uprights.
Three more tries would complete a 6 try burst in just under 17 minutes – Burns would score his second with Cleary then completing a hat-trick and soon after a rare four try haul with back to back tries.
Cleary’s fourth try also saw the Panthers hit 50 for the first time since 2013. It also saw him overtake Michael Gordon’s record set in 2010 for most points scored for the Panthers in a single match, with his ninth conversion giving him a haul of 34 points.
Neither the Panthers or Knights registered any more points in the final 12 minutes, with Penrith finishing a disappointing season on a high.