Sunday 21st March at Penrith Stadium
Penrith 60 – Tries: Jorgensen (4), Beckett (2), Girdler (2), Sattler (2), Carter (1); Goals: Girdler (7), Gower (1) | Western Suburbs 6
A sin binning to John Cross after 6 minutes gave the Magpies the first points to lead 2-0.
Despite being one man down, the Panthers scored the first try when Steve Carter ran the ball on the fifth and Ryan Girdler finished a swift movement of the ball down the left side.
After 21 minutes, Carter dived over from dummy half, with Girdler’s conversion making it 10-2. Only a few minutes later the lead grew to 16-2 when fullback Peter Jorgensen ran through a wide defensive gap 10 metres out to plant it under the uprights.
With five minutes remaining in the half, Duncan McGillivray broke the line and passed it back inside to Girdler, who stepped through the fragmented defence to stroll under the posts, with his third conversion making it 22-2 at halftime.
The Panthers lead continued to grow the lead early in the second half, through tries to Robbie Beckett with an acrobatic effort in the corner, Jorgensen burrowing over from dummy half and Scott Sattler bulldozing his way through to hold a 38-2 lead after 55 minutes.
Whilst the Magpies finally posted their first try, it was nothing more than a blip in the procession, as the Panthers piled on four more tries in the last 13 minutes – Beckett bagged his second, Jorgensen scored twice more to finish with a four try haul, and having hit the half century, Sattler finished it off with less than two minutes remaining when he picked up a deflected grubber and ran 50 metres to the try line, capping it off with an audacious swan dive under the black dot, with Craig Gower’s conversion ensuring the Panthers would post 60 points for the first time in the club’s history, and also record the club’s biggest ever win with a margin of 54 points.