Saturday 14th June at Sportingbet Stadium
Penrith 20: Tries: Whare (2), Mansour (1); Goals: Soward (3) | St. George Illawarra 14
Dean Whare finished a backline movement to score the Panthers first try, which was converted by Jamie Soward and gave the home team a 6-0 lead inside the opening five minutes.
Whare had a double when winger Kevin Naiqama batted back a close-range bomb and grounded the ball just over the line with Penrith holding a 12-0 lead.
The Dragons unconverted try reduced the Panthers advantage to 12-4 at half time and it was further reduced just after the resumption to 12-10.
Penrith would be the next to score though when Jamie Soward broke the line and found winger Josh Mansour in support and pushed it out to 18-10.
A Dragons try inside the last two minutes set up a grandstand finish and with them pressing the line in the dying seconds, a handling error allowed the home team to run the ball out of the danger zone and hang on for a 4-point victory.
Friday 19th March at Canberra Stadium
Penrith 20: Tries: Rooney (2), Gower (1), T. Puletua (1), Roberts (1), Ross (1), Waterhouse (1); Goals: Campbell (3) | Canberra 16
The Raiders raced to a 12-0 lead inside the opening ten minutes, but the Panthers soon responded with their first try through Tony Puletua, with Preston Campbell’s conversion reducing the margin to 6 points.
Penrith were denied the opportunity minutes from the half time break when controversially denied a try based on an error earlier in the tackle count that was missed by the on field referee but was over ruled by the video referee.
However, nine minutes into the second half the visitors finally locked it up when Trent Waterhouse scored.
Canberra pulled ahead again just after the 60-minute mark to lead 18-12.
An unconverted try to Craig Gower minutes later reduced the margin to two and then soon after Penrith hit the lead for the first time when Amos Roberts crossed for a try, with Campbell’s extras giving them a 22-18 lead.
Three late tries, including a double to Luke Rooney and one to Ben Ross on the full-time siren saw the Panthers blow out the final score and gave the defending premiers their first victory for the season.
31 matches [1974-1977]
27 points [9 tries]
Parramatta junior who first started with Penrith in Third Grade in 1972 before making his first-grade debut in Round 7, 1974 as the starting halfback.
Over the next four seasons he would make 30 first grade appearances for the Panthers before leaving the club at the end of the 1977 season.
Over the next 10 years he would continue his career outside of Sydney, firstly at Bathurst and then Quirindi before returning to Sydney to play two more seasons in the North Sydney A Grade competition before retiring in 1987.
He is the father of current NRL referee Ashley Klein.
31 matches [1973-1975]
15 points [5 tries]
Blacktown Workers junior who started in the SG Ball (Under 18s) with Penrith in 1969, and after a number of seasons in the lower grades finally cracked his first-grade debut at Penrith in 1973, making 12 appearances and scoring three tries.
In 1974 he made a further 13 appearances, all on the wing and would make 6 more appearances in 1975, which would his final season in first grade.
Monday 18th April at Allianz Stadium
Penrith 20: Tries: Blake (1), Martin (1), Watene-Zelezniak (1); Goals: Soward (4) | Sydney Roosters 16
Penrith held an 8-0 lead inside the first ten minutes, firstly through a converted try to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and then a penalty conversion slotted by Jamie Soward.
A converted try to the home team reduced the lead to 2 but when Te Maire Martin sliced through the line their 8 point lead was restored.
A Roosters try just before half time reduced Penrith’s lead to 14-10 at the break.
A 40 metre effort from Waqa Blake which included a wide arcing run around the Roosters fullback pushed out Penrith’s lead to 20-10.
A freakish try to the visitors once again reduced the Panthers lead to four points and whilst denied an opportunity to once again push out their advantage in the dying minutes the Panthers defence held strong for a hard fought four point victory.
Sunday 22nd July at Centrebet Stadium
Penrith 28: Tries: Tighe (2), Jennings (1), Robinson (1), Simmons (1); Goals: Walsh (4) | Sydney Roosters 18
A converted Brad Tighe try after 13 minutes saw Penrith lead 6-0 and in the shadows of half time a converted Roosters try locked it up, however a try to Matthew Robinson had the home team hold a 10-4 lead at half time.
Two tries inside the first 15 minutes of the second half, firstly to winger David Simmons and then a scintillating 50 metre effort from centre Michael Jennings saw the Panthers lead 22-6.
Whilst the visitors reduced the margin soon after it was countered by a second try to Brad Tighe.
The visitors refused to lie down and once again countered with a try to reduce it to 28-16. It would however be the last of the scoring with the Panthers registering a morale boosting victory and snapping a five match losing streak. However it would be somewhat soured with five-eighth Travis Burns sent off in the shadows of full time from a head high tackle.
Sunday 10th March at Centrebet Stadium
Penrith 32: Tries: Coote (1), Manu (1), Plum (1), Segeyaro (1), Smith (1); Goals: Walsh (6) | Canberra 10
In warm conditions, the Raiders were denied twice before the Panthers opened the scoring when new recruit Sika Manu monstered his way over the line, with Luke Walsh adding the extras to give the home team a 6-0 lead.
Whilst Canberra would strike back to tie it up at six apiece another new recruit James Segeyaro darted over from dummy half at close range to give Penrith a 12-6 lead at half time.
Six minutes after the resumption a fifth tackle Walsh kick near the try line was not cleaned up by the Raiders and Lachlan Coote was the beneficiary and allowed the Panthers to push their lead to 18-6.
The Raiders would counter with a try however two late tries to the Panthers inside the last five minutes to Nathan Smith and then Nigel Plum blew out the full time score and gave Penrith a large opening round victory.