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WINS | [2001] Round 20: Penrith 26 Sydney Roosters 16

Saturday 21st July at Penrith Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: Hicks (2), Reynolds (1), Rooney (1), Woods (1); Goals: Girdler (3) | Sydney Roosters 16


A Roosters converted try saw them hold a 6-0 lead after 4 minutes.

The Panthers struck back when David Woods pounced on a Steve Carter kick from inside their half, with Ryan Girdler’s conversion making it 6-all.

In the 18th minute, Luke Rooney went on a tackle busting 60 metre run down the left flank to score in the corner.

Eight minutes later, Chris Hicks was over in the opposite corner to make it 14-6.

Further tries to halfback Ben Reynolds and a second to Hicks in the final minute further stretched the Panthers advantage to 24-6 at half time.

The Roosters were first to score in the second half with a converted try reducing it to 12 points.

A penalty conversion from Girdler made it greater than a two converted try margin, and a final minute try to the Roosters was merely a consolation.


WINS | [2002] Round 12: Penrith 26 Sydney Roosters 16

Saturday 1st May at Penrith Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: Wesser (3), Elford (1), Lewis (1); Goals: Hicks (3) | Sydney Roosters 16


Luke Lewis scored the opening try in the eighth minute, however, was not converted.

The hosts doubled their lead soon after with a try to Rhys Wesser to lead 8-0.

An unconverted try to the visitors reduced their advantage but the Panthers still led 8-0 at half time.

The Roosters hit the lead ten minutes after the resumption and pressed further ahead on the 60 minute mark to lead 16-8.

Wesser was over for a double four minutes later when he was there in support off a line break. Chris Hicks’ conversion reduced the deficit to just two.

He soon had a hat trick, running off an inside pass at close range to regain the lead for Penrith, with Hicks adding the extras to make it 20-16 heading into the final 10 minutes.

Shane Elford grabbed an intercept pass and ran 15 metres to score the ultimate match sealer with six minutes remaining.

WINS | [1997] Round 13: Penrith 26 Auckland 22

Sunday 30th June at Penrith Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: Carter (2), Gall (1), Gower (1); Goals: Girdler (5) | Auckland 22


The visitors struck first with a converted try to lead 6-0 after 10 minutes.

A try to Craig Gower, which was converted by Ryan Girdler leveled the scores, and soon after the hosts had the lead through a try to Steve Carter, with Girdler’s conversion giving the Panthers a 12-6 lead at half time.

Two converted tries in three minutes – a second to Carter followed by Jody Gall – blew the margin further out to 18 after 52 minutes.

The Warriors were next to score with a converted try on the 60 minute mark reducing it 12 points.

A fifth conversion off the boot of Girdler expanded the cushion to 14 points.

Two tries in quick succession to Auckland made it a four point margin heading into the final five minutes, however the Panthers hung on to get the premiership points.

WINS | [1999] Round 15: Penrith 34 Auckland 20

Saturday 12th June at Penrith Stadium

Penrith 34 – Tries: Rieck (2), Woods (2), Girdler (1), Gower (1); Goals: Girdler (5) | Auckland 20


The hosts were first to score leading 6-0 after as many minutes.

The visitors struck back soon after with a try to Ryan girdler under the posts, which he converted to make it 6-all.

Penrith took the lead when Scott Sattler ran off a Craig Gower pass, hit a gap and then ran 50 metres to score untouched, with Girdler’s extras making it 12-6.

Whilst the Warriors narrowed the gap with a penalty conversion, the Panthers further extended the lead with yet another long distance try, this time avid Woods running 75 metres for a four pointer. The conversion was unsuccessful but the Panthers held a 16-8 lead at half time.

Auckland were the first to score points in the second half, with a converted try the margin to just two.

But Penrith would once again push further out in the 63rd minute when Matthew Rieck swooped on a loose ball and then busted through two would be tacklers to score. Girdler’s conversion, followed by a penalty conversion five minutes later made it 24-14. Rieck had a double only minutes later when he took an intercept to score to make it 28-14.

A converted try to Auckland with five minutes remaining made an eight point gap, but Penrith had the last say on the scoreboard, with a second try to Woods in the final minute, with Girdler’s conversion making it 34-20 at full time.

WINS | [2000] Round 19: Penrith 24 Auckland 20

Saturday 12th June at Ericsson Stadium

Penrith 24 – Tries: Girdler (2), Carter (1), T Puletua (1); Goals: Girdler (4) | Auckland 20


The Warriors were first to score to lead 6-0 after as many minutes.

A Steve Carter try was Penrith’s first entry on the scoreboard five minutes later, with Ryan Girdler’s conversion making it 6-all.

A double to Girdler within eight minutes, one of which he converted, gave and then pushed out the lead to the Panthers, who were up by 10 at half time.

A penalty conversion from the visitors was the first score in the second half, but was cancelled out soon after by a penalty conversion from Girdler to restore the 10 point buffer.

However, two converted tries in a four minute burst saw Auckland lead 20-18 heading into the final five minutes.

A late try to Tony Puletua saw the hosts regain the lead, with Girdler adding the extras, and ultimately escape with the premiership points.

WINS | [2003] Round 7: Penrith 28 New Zealand Warriors 14

Sunday 27th April at Ericcson Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: Wesser (3), Lewis (1), Rooney (1); Goals: Campbell (4) | New Zealand Warriors 14


The home team were first to score to lead 4-0 after 7 minutes.

The visitors scored the equaliser soon after when Rhys Wesser from a standing start 15 metres out spotted an opening and stepped his way through the defence to score adjacent to the right upright.

Wesser had a double with a minute remaining in the half when he ran one pass off a scrum 10 metres out, taking advantage of the scattered defensive line at close range. Preston Campbell’s conversion made it 10-4 at half time.

The Panthers extended their lead nine minutes after the resumption when a pin point cross field bomb from Craig Gower was successfully contested by Luke Rooney, who only had to fall over to ground the ball over the try line.

Wesser had a hat trick when he went on a 35 metre run up the middle of the field, swerving and stepping his way to a line break and open pastures at the back, scoring under the black dot.

A Warriors converted try in the 70th minute reduced the margin to two converted tries, however, Penrith put the contest to bed with three minutes remaining when Luke Lewis gobbled up and grounded a grubber kick from Gower aimed towards the in goal.

A Warriors try in the last minute was nothing more than a mere consolation.

WINS | [2004] Round 8: Penrith 22 Wests Tigers 20

Friday 30th April at Penrith Stadium

Penrith 22 – Tries: Roberts (2), Galuvao (1), Swain (1); Goals: Girdler (3) | Wests Tigers 20


The visitors posted the first points in the 12th minute with a converted try to lead 6-0.

The host struck back with a try to Amos Roberts in the corner, however, the Tigers still held a lead as the try remained unconverted. Three minutes later, Roberts had a double when he picked up a loose ball ten metres out from the line, shrugged off a tackle and then sprinted down the sideline, evading the cover defence to finish off a 90 metres run with a four pointer. Ryan Girdler’s conversion gave Penrith a 10-4 lead.

A second try to the Tigers tied it up at 10-all, but the Panthers would lead heading into half time with Luke Swain planting the ball adjacent to the left upright, making the conversion easy for Girdler and giving Penrith a 16-10 lead at the break.

In the 64th minute, Joe Galuvao broke free of a four man tackle close to the line to barge over the try line to claim a try. Girdler’s conversion pushed the lead out to 12 points.

Two quick tries to the Tigers reduced it to a two point margin with less than five minutes remaining, and the Panthers hung on to grab the premiership points.

WINS | [2005] Round 26: Penrith 38 Wests Tigers 22

Sunday 4th September at Telstra Stadium

Penrith 38 – Tries: Howland (2), Clinton (1), Priddis (1), Rodney (1), Swain (1), Waterhouse (1); Goals: Campbell (5) | Wests Tigers 22


The home team ran in the first three tries to lead 16-0 after as many minutes.

The Panthers finally got on to the scoreboard with a Trent Waterhouse try in the 23rd minute, with Preston Campbell’s conversion making it 16-6.

Just after the 30 minute mark, Penrith further reduced the deficit with a try through Brett Howland, and Campbell’s conversion made it 16-12.

Three minutes later, Luke Swain was over and the deficit had been wiped, with Campbell’s conversion giving Penrith the lead for the first time, and an 18-16 lead at half time.

Penrith pressed further ahead six minutes after the resumption with a Luke Priddis try, and further tries to Shane Rodney and Joel Clinton had pushed Penrith out to a 32-16 lead after one hour of play.

Whilst the Tigers reduced the gap with a converted try, the Panthers would be last to score with a double to Brett Howland.

The 38-22 win made it five wins in a row to finish the season.

WINS | [2006] Round 16: Penrith 26 Wests Tigers 20

Saturday 24th June at Credit Union Australia Stadium

Penrith 30 – Tries: Campbell (1), Galea (1), Gordon (1), Lewis (1); Goals: Campbell (4) | Wests Tigers 20


The defending premiers were first to score to make it 4-0.

The hosts struck back in the 13th minute through a try to Danny Galea to make it 4-0, and Preston Campbell’s conversion made it 6-0.

A two try burst just before half time further pushed out the Panthers lead, with the first to Michael Gordon and three minutes later Campbell scored. Campbell’s conversion of both tries made it 18-4 with four minutes remaining in the half.

However, a Tigers try on the stroke of half time reduced Penrith’s lead to 10 at the break.

The Tigers were first to score in the second half, and a second try soon after had the Tigers grab the lead.

But with seven minutes remaining, a cross field kick from Craig Gower found Luke Lewis on the wing, who plucked it from the air and grounded the ball to make it 22-20.

A penalty conversion off the boot of Campbell on full time secured the win for the Panthers.

WINS | [2008] Round 4: Penrith 30 Wests Tigers 8

Monday 7th April at Campbelltown Stadium

Penrith 30 – Tries: Blair (1), Gordon (1), Jennings (1), Priddis (1), Tighe (1); Goals: Sammut (5) | Wests Tigers 8


The Tigers posted the first points with a penalty conversion to lead 2-0 after four minutes.

On 12 minutes, the Panthers scored the first try through Luke Priddis, which was converted to make it 6-2.

At the 20 minute mark, Michael Jennings grounded a Sammut grubber kick to score, and soon after Maurice Blair snared a four pointer, with the visitors leading 18-2 at half time.

Eleven minutes after the resumption, Penrith further expanded their lead when Michael Gordon got on to the try scorers list, with Sammut’s extras making it 24-2.

Whilst the Tigers finally scored a try of their own, the Panthers had the final say with a runaway try to Brad Tighe capping off a dominant team performance at Campbelltown.