Thursday 1st April at Lottoland
Penrith 46– Tries: Kikau (2), To’o (2), Burton (1), Capewell (1), Leota (1), Momirovski (1); Goals: Cleary (7) | Manly 6
The visitors were in after just three minutes when Brian To’o finished a left side move from a scrum and powered his way over.
Soon after Moses Leota barged his way over when he took a flicked offload from his front row partner James Fisher-Harris at close range, with Nathan Cleary’s conversion making it 10-0.
When Viliame Kikau picked up a ricocheted grubber kick from Jarome Luai and went over, Cleary’s extras had extended it to 16-0 after just as many minutes.
To’o bagged a double when he picked up a pass that had gone to ground about 15 metres out and just ran hard at the line and although he came to ground just short of the line was able to turn over and ground the ball.
Manly finally got on to the board after just the half hour mark with a converted try, however Penrith would retain a 22-6 lead at half time.
The Panthers would quickly extend their lead in the second half with two tries down the left edge, the first to Kikau and then to centre Matt Burton, with Luai throwing the last pass on both occasions.
At 32-6 up, the Panthers were not done yet. A Cleary mid field grubber was regathered and he then kicked again to an open bit of the field to the left, with the ball dribbling into the in goal. Kurt Capewell won the race to the ball and doing just enough to ground it.
With just two minutes remaining, Paul Momirovski was seemingly cut down just short but in the same motion was able to outstretch the arm holding the ball to get just over the line.
A penalty conversion to Cleary on the stroke of full time capped off an emphatic 40 point victory.