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WINS | [2021] Round 24: Penrith 30 Wests Tigers 16

Sunday 29th August at Moreton Daily Stadium

Penrith 30 – Tries: Kikau (1), Leota (1), Pangai Junior (1), To’o (1); Goals: Cleary (5) | South Sydney 16

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Moses Leota ran on to a kick that ricocheted off the left upright from a Nathan Cleary kick to score the opening try in the 13th minute.

Whilst the Tigers soon after equalised to make it 6-all, Penrith regained the lead six minutes from half time when Tevita Pangai Junior monstered his way through the Tigers defence from 15 metres out to touch down under the black dot and held a 12-6 lead going into half time.

Jarome Luai further extended the lead three minutes after the resumption when he ran through a gap 15 metres out from a well-timed Cleary pass.

Minutes later, it was 24-6 when Viliame Kikau ran off a one-handed offload from Cleary and sidestepped the fullback in a 30 metre run to the line, and in the 65th minute Brian To’o crossed in the corner directly from a scrum, with Cleary’s sideline conversion making it 30-6.

Two tries from the Tigers in the final 10 minutes only reduced the Panthers final winning margin.

WINS | [2021] Round 23: Penrith 25 South Sydney 12

Friday 20th August at Suncorp Stadium

Penrith 25 – Tries: Cleary (1), Crichton (1), Koroisau (1), Naden (1); Goals: Cleary (4); Field goals: Cleary (1) | South Sydney 12

More: themightypanthers.com/match1299.htm

The Rabbitohs led 12-0 after 22 minutes, but just after the half hour mark the Panthers posted the first points when Paul Momirovski kicked back in field and was collected by Nathan Cleary who touched down.

With less than a minute remaining, Momirovski became provider again when a kick back inside closer to the line was plucked out one handed by Stephen Crichton on the try line and grounded the ball to claim a try. However, South Sydney still held a slender 12-10 lead at half time.

A penalty conversion from Cleary in the 57th minute levelled it at 12-all, and five minutes later the Panthers led for the first time with another penalty conversion.

In the next set from the restart, a quick movement of the ball to the left found an unmarked Brent Naden on the left wing and crossed over.

In the 74th minute, a seven-point buffer was provided through a Cleary field goal from 20 metres out.

With 20 seconds remaining, Penrith secured a hard fought victory when Apisai Korosiau darted out from dummy half 10 metres out to sneak through the defensive line.

WINS | [2021] Round 22: Penrith 34 St. George Illawarra 16

Friday 13th August at Suncorp Stadium

Penrith 34 – Tries: Edwards (2), Naden (2), Burton (1), Momirovski (1); Goals: Cleary (5); | St. George Illawarra 16

More: themightypanthers.com/match1298.htm

Brent Naden ran for a 90-metre intercept try, which was converted by the returning Nathan Cleary to have the Panthers lead 6-0.

The Dragons however would provide a response with a converted try to make it 6-all.

Naden bagged a double when Matt Burton drew the two-on-one on the left edge, which was followed soon after with a powerful effort from Dylan Edwards at close range. At half time, the Panthers led 16-6.

Eleven minutes into the second half, Edwards also secured a double when he supported Burton who made a break on the halfway line and finished it off with a try.

Four minutes later, the Panthers provided a counterattack from a lost ball that spilled forward in a tackle from Cleary about 20 metres out, with the Panthers moving the ball left and Burton stepping through the scattered Dragons defence to touch down.

The Dragons scored two late tries to attempt to bring some respectability to the score, but in between those two tries was one to Paul Momirovski where he ran through some brittle online defence.

WINS | [2021] Round 21: Penrith 20 Sydney Roosters 14

Saturday 7th August at Suncorp Stadium

Penrith 18 – Tries: Burton (2), Momirovski (1); Goals: Burton (4) | Brisbane 12

More: themightypanthers.com/match1297.htm

An 80-metre effort from Matt Burton saw Penrith post the first try in the 10th minute.

Whilst the Roosters would soon equalise to make it 6-all, a penalty conversion off the boot of Burton gave the lead back to the Panthers.

Paul Momirovski managd to evade a number of Roosters defenders to slam the ball down with six minutes remaining in the half, and to lead 14-6 at the break.

From a scrum feed 10 metres, Burton who was standing at five-eighth and at first receiver stepped and jinked his way through the regathering Roosters defence to touch down for his second with seven minutes gone after the resumption.

Two Roosters tries narrowed the gap to 20-14 with 15 minutes remaining, however the Panthers were able to defend their lead and bank the two competition points.

WINS | [2021] Round 19: Penrith 18 Brisbane 12

Saturday 24th July at Suncorp Stadium

Penrith 18 – Tries: Crichton (1), Staines (1), To’o (1); Goals: Burton (1), Crichton (1); Field goals: Edwards (1) | Brisbane 12

More: themightypanthers.com/match1295.htm

An 80-metre effort from Matt Burton saw Penrith post the first try in the 10th minute.

Whilst the Roosters would soon equalise to make it 6-all, a penalty conversion off the boot of Burton gave the lead back to the Panthers.

Paul Momirovski managd to evade a number of Roosters defenders to slam the ball down with six minutes remaining in the half, and to lead 14-6 at the break.

From a scrum feed 10 metres, Burton who was standing at five-eighth and at first receiver stepped and jinked his way through the regathering Roosters defence to touch down for his second with seven minutes gone after the resumption.

Two Roosters tries narrowed the gap to 20-14 with 15 minutes remaining, however the Panthers were able to defend their lead and bank the two competition points.

WINS | [2021] Round 18: Penrith 30 New Zealand Warriors 16

Sunday 18th July at Suncorp Stadium

Penrith 30 – Tries: Kikau (2), Staines (2), Martin (1), To’o (1); Goals: Crichton (3) | New Zealand Warriors 16

More: themightypanthers.com/match1294.htm

In the second minute, a Warriors kick was charged down by Viliame Kikau and a fortuitous bounce saw him have a clear 20 metre run to the tryline.

The Warriors scored the next two tries to lead 10-4.

With 12 minutes remaining in the half, an acrobatic finish by Brian To’o and a sideline conversion from Stephen Crichton tied it up at 10-all.

A second try to Kikau soon after gave the Panthers a 16-10 lead, which they held at the half time break.

15 minutes into the second half, Penrith further extended their lead when Charlie Staines took a Crichton flick pass and dived over in the corner.

Two tries in four minutes, the first where Liam Martin hit a hole and ran 20 metres to the line and then a double to Staines stretched it out to 30-10.

A third consolation try to the Warriors with seven minutes remaining finished the scoring.

WINS | [2021] Round 16: Penrith 13 Parramatta 12

Friday 2nd July at BlueBet Stadium

Penrith 13 – Tries: Koroisau (1), May (1); Goals: Chrichton (2); Field goals: Burton (1) | Parramatta 12

More: themightypanthers.com/match1293.htm

At an empty BlueBet Stadium amidst the Sydney COVID outbreak lockdown, the 101st western Sydney derby got under way.

The Eels led 4-0 after 22 minutes, but a try to Tyrone May where he ran through some feeble on-line Eels defence levelled it up, with Stephen Crichton’s conversion ensuring the Panthers held a 6-4 lead at halftime.

However, the visitors would regain the lead just after the resumption with a converted try to make it 10-6.

On the 50-minute mark, Apisai Koroisau was able to step his way through the defensive line to cross over adjacent to the right upright, with Crichton’s conversion giving the Panthers a 12-10 lead.
A penalty conversion to the Eels tied it up at 12-all with 25 minutes remaining.

In a tight tussle, both teams had opportunities to regain the lead but were thwarted by the opposition’s defence.

With 90 seconds remaining, Matt Burton slotted a field goal to edge the Panthers in front.

However, a penalty awarded to the Eels from the restart provided an opportunity to steal it at the death, with the penalty conversion pulled to the left and the Panthers hanging on to graft out a hard-fought victory.

WINS | [2021] Round 15: Penrith 38 Sydney Roosters 12

Friday 18th June at BlueBet Stadium

Penrith 38 – Tries: To’o (2), Cleary (1), Crichton (1), Staines (1), Yeo (1); Goals: Cleary (7) | Sydney Roosters 12

More: themightypanthers.com/match1292.htm

The Roosters led 12-0 inside the opening 15 minutes before the Panthers finally struck back when Nathan Cleary kicked on the second into the in goal with Stephen Crichton winning the race for the ball and grounding it to claim a try.

Penrith levelled it up at 12-apiece when Brian To’o scored in the corner and was converted by Cleary, with a penalty conversion soon after giving them the lead.

A second try to To’o and a second penalty conversion from Cleary gave the home team a 22-12 lead at half time.

Seven minutes into the second half, Isaah Yeo powered his way over from 10 metres out, and in the next set from the restart, a high Cleary bomb was not taken clearly by the Roosters, with Matt Burton batting it back and Cleary picking it up, firstly throwing the dummy and then running at the line and powering his way over.

Charlie Staines would score the last try for the night with 17 minutes remaining when he picked up a Cleary pass that had gone to ground, touching down in the corner.

WINS | [2021] Round 12: Penrith 30 Canterbury 4

Saturday 29th May at BlueBet Stadium

Penrith 30 – Tries: Staines (2), Burton (1), Crichton (1), Leniu (1), Momirovski (1); Goals: Cleary (3) | Canterbury 4

More: themightypanthers.com/match1289.htm

Charlie Staines went over in the corner early in the contest to give the home team a 4-0 lead.

The last placed Bulldogs remained resolute in defence, and with less than a minute to go, replacement forward Spencer Leniu intercepted a loose Bulldogs pass to run 20 metres to post his first try in the NRL, with Nathan Cleary’s conversion making it 10-0 at half time.

Sixteen minutes into the second half, Staines had a double to push it out to 14-0.

Minutes later, a deft grubber from Stephen Crichton sat up nicely for Paul Momirovski who touched down.

A one-on-one steal from Cleary saw the ball quickly move to the left, and outnumbering the Bulldogs on their right edge, Matt Burton dissected through the line to dive over, with Cleary’s conversion making it 26-0.

With six minutes remaining, Burton ran onto a loose pass from Canterbury close to their line, running 40 metres before a one-handed overhead pass to Brian To’o, who stepped back infield and running it another 30 metres before passing back to Burton who was running towards the corner and threw a pass back over the converging cover defence with Crichton taking it one handed and evading this same cover defence to complete a near 100 metre movement.

With Moses Leota sin binned in the dying minutes, the Bulldogs finally scored their first points in the last minute but was merely nothing more than a consolation try.

WINS | [2021] Round 11: Penrith 56 South Sydney 12

Sunday 23rd May at Apex Oval

Penrith 56 – Tries: Burton (3), Cleary (2), Capewell (1), Crichton (1), Kikau (1), To’o (1); Goals: Cleary (10) | South Sydney 12

More: themightypanthers.com/match1288.htm

Nathan Cleary scored the opening try in just the fourth minute when he ran at the line ten metres out and powered his way through the defence and planted the ball down.

Viliame Kikau strolled over soon after to make it 10-0, before Kurt Capewell took an offload from Isaah Yeo on the halfway line and stepped his way around and through the Rabbitohs defence to score in the corner.

A double to Matt Burton in the space of six minutes made it 28-0 after the half hour mark, however, South Sydney would finally post their first points (to former Panther Josh Mansour) made it 28-6, and a penalty conversion slotted by Cleary on the half time siren made it 30-6 at the break.

Another penalty conversion in the 49th minute made it 32-6, before a midfield bomb from Cleary was not taken properly by the Rabbitohs defence, with Burton picking up the loose ball in the aftermath (assisted by both Scott Sorensen and Jarome Luai) and sprinting over to the corner to complete a hat trick.

When Cleary crossed for his second in an almost carbon copy of his first half try, the Panthers were up 44-6.

Whilst the Rabbitohs were the next to score, the Panthers scored the last two tries – the first to Brian To’o when he went low and burrowed his way over the line, with Cleary’s sideline conversion seeing the Panthers hit 50, and then Stephen Crichton finished off a 50 metre movement which started with a well timed short ball from Luai to Burton, and drawing the two on one to Crichton in support on his inside.