Saturday 11th July at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Penrith 56 – Tries: Staines (4), Crichton (2), Burns (1), Edwards (1), Martin (1), Naden (1); Goals: Cleary (7), Crichton (1) | Cronulla 24
The opening try was scored when Brent Naden when he burst onto a pass and hit a gap at close range inside the first four minutes.
In the 12th minute Liam Martin hit yet another defensive gap in the Sharks line on their left-hand side and strolled over untouched.
Two more quickfire tries, to Stephen Crichton in the left corner and debutant Charlie Staines on the right side had the Panthers up 20-0 after 25 minutes.
In the next set, Staines backed up his first try with a try assist, busting the line down the right edge and fired a well timed pass on to the chest of Dylan Edwards looming up in support on the inside to plant the ball adjacent to the uprights.
Up 26-0 heading inside the last five minutes of the half, two quick tries to the home team had reduced it to 26-12 at half time.
Five minutes after the restart, a Nathan Cleary bomb was batted back by Naden in the contest, and picked up by Edwards who then passed it to Staines to cross for his second try.
Despite copping a head high shot, it was not enough to halt a jinking Billy Burns on his way to posting another four pointer for Penrith, and they were up 36-12 with just over 25 minutes remaining.
Cronulla was next to post points to make it 36-18, however soon after Crichton sliced through the left edge to cross for his second try.
A loose pass with just over 10 minutes remaining saw the Sharks post their fourth try to make it 44-24.
A double pump and cut out pass from Tyrone May hit Staines perfectly to score a hat trick, with Cleary’s conversion seeing Penrith crack the half century. Minutes later Staines capped off a remarkable debut crossing for his fourth try when he took a Naden flick and exploited the two on one – it was the most tries for a player on debut since 2008 and finished off a demolition job against the Sharks.