Canberra led 6-0 after 21 minutes, however on the half hour mark centre Chris Mortimer touched down, with Neil Baker’s conversion leveling it up at 6-all, and remained that score at half time.
Whilst the Raiders pushed further ahead just after the resumption to lead 10-6, a Brad Izzard try just before the hour mark once again tied it up at 10-all, with the visitors taking the lead with Baker’s conversion.
With 12 minutes remaining, halfback Greg Alexander went on a jinking run cross field, and sent winger David Greene though a gap with a well timed pass, with Greene diving in the corner. Although Baker was unable to successfully convert the try, the Panthers’ six point lead was successfully defended up until the full time whistle.
He made his first grade debut as a replacement in Round 5 of the 1981 season versus St. George at Kogarah Oval. Two weeks later, he made his run-on debut at halfback versus Parramatta, crossing for a try in the 13-10 loss.
Glen Nissen scored under the black dot to open the scoring after some lead up work from Brad Fittler, with Andrew Leeds’ conversion making it 6-0.
Whilst the Roosters countered with their own converted try to make it 6-all, a penalty conversion off the boot of Leeds gave Penrith an 8-6 lead.
Easts struck back again with an unconverted try to make it 10-8 but were soon down to 12 players through a send-off for foul play, with Leeds landing the penalty conversion to make it 10-all heading into half time.
Penrith took the lead when Brett Boyd barged over from dummy half adjacent to the right upright, with Leeds adding the extras to make it 16-10.
In a tight contest, Brad Fittler gave the Panthers a vital seven point cushion when he nailed a field goal from 20 metres out.
The Panthers iced the contest late when John Cartwright deftly stabbed a grubber kick only metres out behind the Roosters defensive line and Col Van Der Voort winning the race to the ball to ground it behind the try line. Leeds nailed the sideline conversion to make it 23-16.
He made his first grade debut as a replacement versus St. George at Kogarah Oval in the 1981 premiership season. In total, he made a total of six appearances, starting in three matches on both the wing and fullback, and also came on as a replacement in two more matches. He also booted four conversions.
He made his first grade debut in Round 15 of the 1981 season, starting in the centres versus Manly at Brookvale Oval. In total, he made six appearances in his debut season, starting in three more matches, as well as two as a replacement player.
In 1982, he played the entire season in reserve grade and his solitary appearance was as a replacement in the final premiership round match versus Newtown.
Preston Campbell toed through a loose pass from dummy half to score the first try, which he converted and gave the visitors a 6-0 lead after 10 minutes.
This was followed soon after by a try to Craig Gower to have Penrith lead 12-0 after 14 minutes.
However, the home team would score the next four tries, with the only points during this run from Penrith being a penalty conversion, and Parramatta would lead 18-14 at halftime.
Shane Rodney picked up an Eels pass that went to ground and crossed over untouched to tie it up at 18-all only four minutes after the resumption, with Campbell’s conversion seeing the Panthers regain the lead.
Penrith pressed further ahead with two tries in two minutes – the first to Lee Hookey and then on the first set after the restart, Rhys Wesser dummied a pass to his right at the line and sliced through the gap to touch down, to make it 32-18 after 55 minutes.
The Panthers finished off their neighbours with two more tries in the last 10 minutes – a second to Wesser when he grounded his own grubber kick into the in goal from short range, and then with only a minute remaining Luke Priddis touched down to complete a 30-0 second half and record a convincing come from behind win over the Eels.
A converted try to forward Gary Howell in the opening five minutes gave the home team a 6-0 lead.
Both teams then traded penalty conversions before Ben Gonzales touched town in the 26th minute to make it 12-2.
Parramatta reduced the lead with a penalty conversion and then unconverted try to make it 12-8 at half time.
The Eels then took the lead early in the second half, but a penalty conversion off the boot of Greg Alexander locked it up at 14-all after 50 minutes.
The visitors once again pulled ahead with a penalty conversion to lead 16-14.
A second try to Howell with 10 minutes left saw the lead change again to the benefit of the Panthers, and five minutes later, Penrith secured the two premiership points with a converted try to Alexander.
Penrith Panthers – from chocolate soldiers to black magic