Saturday 8th March at Sportingbet Stadium
Penrith 30 – Tries: Mansour (2), Docker (1), Latimore (1), Taylor (1); Goals: Wallace (4), Soward (1) | Newcastle 8
After a scoreless opening half an hour, the Knights posted the first try to lead 6-0.
With just less than two minutes remaining in the half, a Jamie Soward bomb was batted back by Dean Whare back to Soward who then found an unmarked Elijah Taylor who had a clear run to the try line. Jamie Soward’s conversion locked it up at 6-all, however a Knights conversion penalty on the half time siren gave them a 2 point lead at the break.
Two minutes after the resumption Penrith took the lead when Josh Mansour powered his way from 25 metres out, dragging three Newcastle defenders over the line with him.
A 40/20 from the set after the restart gave the home team prime field position and Mansour had a double when he took a Peter Wallace cut out pass and acrobatically grounded the ball whilst most of his body was in the air but over the touch / dead ball line. Wallace’s sideline conversion had quickly turned a 2 point half time deficit to a 10 point lead.
The lead was further extended in the 62nd minute when Whare kicked the ball back inside and regathered it, turning it back inside to Adam Docker who bounced off a Knights defender and then ran to his left evading another defender to burrow over, with the conversion making it 22-8.
A penalty conversion pushed it out further to 24-8 and in the dying minutes Jeremy Latimore picked up a loose ball in the in goal to ground it, with the conversion making it a 22 point margin, and giving the Panthers an all important win in the opening round of the new premiership season.