Friday 19th June at Campbelltown Stadium
Penrith 21 – Tries: Crichton (1), Kikau (1), To’o (1); Goals: Cleary (4); Field goals: Cleary (1) | Melbourne 14
Penrith posted the first points after 14 minutes when Stephen Crichton finished a slack backline play that moved the ball to the left and shifted back towards the middle courtesy of a well timed Josh Mansour pass.
The visitors struck back to level it at 6 apiece, and a penalty conversion in the dying minutes gave the Panthers an 8-6 lead at half time.
In the 49th minute the Panthers further extended their advantage when Brian To’o stepped back inside and barged over, with Cleary’s extras pushing it out to an 8 point lead.
However, a converted try and penalty to Melbourne had it locked up once again at 14-all entering into the final 20 minutes.
Two minutes later however the deadlock was broken when a Cleary bomb from 20 metres out was caught by Viliame Kikau steaming through only a couple of metres out and dived his way over. Cleary’s boot provided a six point lead.
The Panthers held their defensive nerve and with just under 4 minutes remaining a Cleary field goal from 30 metres out extended the buffer to 7 and was enough to get them home in a tight encounter and recording an all too rare victory over the Storm.