WINS | [2021] Round 10: Penrith 48 Gold Coast Titans 12

Sunday 16th May at Suncorp Stadium

Penrith 48– Tries: Cleary (3), Staines (2), Fisher-Harris (1), Leota (1), Martin (1); Goals: Cleary (8) | Gold Coast Titans 12

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James Fisher-Harris barged his way over from close range to post the first points for the evening.

A simple two on one on the right edge saw Dylan Edwards pass it to an unmarked Charlie Staines to touch down in the corner, with Nathan Cleary’s conversion making it 12-0 after as many minutes.

In the 21st minute, a Cleary bomb was batted back by Kurt Capewell, with Isaah Yeo passing it to Stephen Crichton who then stepped his way through the Sharks defence to cross over.

The tries kept coming for Penrith, with a deft pass from Cleary to his halves partner Jarome Luai and then off-loading to centre Matt Burton on his inside to dive over. Cleary’s fourth conversion from as many attempts had the home team up 24-0 at halftime.

Ten minutes into the second half, a grubber kick into the in goal from Capewell was not properly grounded by the Sharks and Viliam Kikau forced enough downward pressure in the chase for the NRL Bunker to award the try.

The Panthers kept continuing to pile on the points, with Staines completing a hat trick with near identical lead up plays and slick passing from Crichton to make it 42-0 with just under three minutes remaining.

With under a minute remaining, Penrith completed the misery for the Sharks when Cleary dribbled a grubber into the in goal and was grounded by replacement forward Matt Eisenhuth before it reached the dead ball line.

It also surpassed their record for most points scored without conceding any, surpassing the 42-0 against the Bulldogs in 2020.

WINS | [2021] Round 9: Penrith 48 Cronulla 0


Friday 7th May at BlueBet Stadium

Penrith 48– Tries: Staines (3), Burton (1), Crichton (1), Eisenhuth (1), Fisher-Harris (1), Kikau (1); Goals: Cleary (8) | Cleary (8)

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James Fisher-Harris barged his way over from close range to post the first points for the evening.

A simple two on one on the right edge saw Dylan Edwards pass it to an unmarked Charlie Staines to touch down in the corner, with Nathan Cleary’s conversion making it 12-0 after as many minutes.

In the 21st minute, a Cleary bomb was batted back by Kurt Capewell, with Isaah Yeo passing it to Stephen Crichton who then stepped his way through the Sharks defence to cross over.

The tries kept coming for Penrith, with a deft pass from Cleary to his halves partner Jarome Luai and then off-loading to centre Matt Burton on his inside to dive over. Cleary’s fourth conversion from as many attempts had the home team up 24-0 at halftime.

Ten minutes into the second half, a grubber kick into the in goal from Capewell was not properly grounded by the Sharks and Viliam Kikau forced enough downward pressure in the chase for the NRL Bunker to award the try.

The Panthers kept continuing to pile on the points, with Staines completing a hat trick with near identical lead up plays and slick passing from Crichton to make it 42-0 with just under three minutes remaining.

With under a minute remaining, Penrith completed the misery for the Sharks when Cleary dribbled a grubber into the in goal and was grounded by replacement forward Matt Eisenhuth before it reached the dead ball line.

It also surpassed their record for most points scored without conceding any, surpassing the 42-0 against the Bulldogs in 2020.

WINS | [2021] Round 8: Penrith 28 Manly 16

Saturday 1st May at Carrington Park

Penrith 26– Tries: Crichton (1), Edwards (1), Martin (1), Tyrone May (1), To’o (1); Goals: Cleary (4) | Manly 16

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Manly posted the first points with an early penalty conversion.

However, the Panthers posted the first try through a spectacular 80 metres effort that started with a Brian To’o tackle bust, offloading it to Matt Burton who kicked back in field towards the tryline, with Dylan Edwards picking up the ball and touching down under the black dot.

Minutes later Penrith further extended their lead when To’o took a cut out pass from Jarome Luai and in one motion stepped and ducked under his opposite number to dive over the line.

Whilst Manly were able to reduce the lead through an unconverted try to make it 10-6, the Panthers would head into half time up 16-6 when Liam Martin ran off a well-timed short pass from Nathan Cleary, running through a hole at close range to barge over.

The Sea Eagles once again reduced it to a 4-point margin with a converted try early in the second half, bit soon after a well weighted grubber from Cleary was grounded by replacement Tyrone May to once again provide a greater buffer on the scoreboard.

With Penrith up by 10, Manly scored an unconverted try with six minutes remaining to reduce to a converted try margin, however, the Panthers would secure the points three minutes from the end when a heavy kick from close range from Edwards was batted back by Martin into the in goal, with Stephen Crichton only having to lay a hand on it to claim the try.

WINS | [2021] Round 7: Penrith 24 Newcastle 6

Thursday 22nd April at BlueBet Stadium

Penrith 24– Tries: Burton (1), Crichton (1), Edwards (1), To’o (1); Goals: Cleary (4) | Newcastle 6

More: themightypanthers.com/match1284.htm

A well weighted grubber kick from Nathan Cleary in the fourth minute into the in-goal area was grounded by Stephen Crichton, who was led in a chasing pack including two Knights defenders.

In the 18th minute, Matt Burton ran through the barest of gaps, running off a deft Jarome Luai pass, and ran 15 metres towards the line, running around to improve his position under the posts, with Cleary’s conversion making it 10-0.

However. Newcastle was next to score with a converted try close to half time, reducing it to 10-6 at the break.

A penalty conversion off the boot of Cleary early in the second half pushed them ahead 12-6.

With 13 minutes remaining, the Panthers had a scrum only ten metres out – as it broke up, Isaah Yeo picked it up from the base and then passed it back inside to Dylan Edwards who had also packed in the scrum adtepped through the scattered Knights defensive line still setting itself up from the scrum to touch down adjacent to the uprights.

Up 18-6, the hosts put the match to bed when a shift of the ball to the left edge was tipped on to winger Brian To’o, who acrobatically leapt over in the corner. Cleary’s conversion made it 24-6, and a well-earned win against a committed Newcastle side.

WINS | [2021] Round 6: Penrith 20 Brisbane 12

Thursday 15th April at Suncorp Stadium

Penrith 20– Tries: Burton (1), Capewell (1), Cleary (1); Goals: Cleary (3); Field goals: Cleary (1) | Canberra 12

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The Broncos took an early 2-0 lead through a penalty conversion however the Panthers took the lead in the tenth minute when Kurt Capewell ran through a defensive gap at close range to power his way over.

Brisbane would regain the lead to make it 6-4 through an unconverted try, and although a Matt Burton try would once again give the visitors the advantage on the scoreboard, a fifth lead change through a second Broncos try gave the home team a 12-10 lead at half time.

A penalty conversion slotted by Nathan Cleary after 52 minutes tied it up at 12-all.

With the scores still level inside the last 10 minutes, the field goal shootout began – the Broncos fired the first sot which fell short, but soon after Cleary kicked a field goal from more than 40 metres out, which under a new rule introduced for the 2021 season, was awarded 2 points, and pushed the Panthers ahead 14-12.

With just on three minutes remaining, Jarome Luai ran an angled line close to the line and found his halves partner Cleary in support who barged his way through the defensive line to touch down adjacent to the uprights, with his conversion icing the contest in a hard-fought battle.

WINS | [2021] Round 5: Penrith 30 Canberra 10

Friday 9th April at BlueBet Stadium

Penrith 30– Tries: Staines (2), Burton (1), Cleary (1), Luai (1); Goals: Cleary (5) | Canberra 10

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The Raiders scored first to lead 6-0 before the Panthers struck back after 26 minutes when Charlie Staines took a Stephen Crichton flick pass and slid over in the right corner untouched.

The Panthers struck the lead when Matt Burton took a Jarome Luai pass and stepped around his opposite number at the same time he took the pass to break the line and sprint over the line.

The home team would head into the sheds at half time up 18-6 when with seconds remaining Luai followed through a well-timed grubber off his own boot into the in goal and grounded it just before it went dead.

Canberra was the first to score in the second half with an unconverted try on the hour mark to make it 18-10.

But the Panthers would further extend their lead when Staines crossed for a double, stepping back inside close to the line to cross over again untouched.

The premiership points were secured only minutes from the end when Nathan Cleary took an intercept and ran 70 metres to score under the black dot.

WINS | [2021] Round 4: Penrith 46 Manly 6

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

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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.

WINS | [2021] Round 3: Penrith 12 Melbourne 10

Thursday 25th March at BlueBet Stadium

Penrith 12– Tries: Capewell (1), Staines (1); Goals: Crichton (2) | Melbourne 10

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In the rematch of the two 2020 NRL grand finalists, the Storm posted the first points to lead 6-0 after 10 minutes – more significantly they were the first points that the Panthers had conceded in just under 170 minutes to start the season.

Despite Brian To’o being denied a potential equaliser when his foot went into touch before grounding it, there was no such doubt on the half hour mark when Charlie Staines scored in the opposite corner, sidestepping the sliding cover defence only metres out to touch down. Stephen Crichton’s conversion from the sideline levelled it up at 6-all – it would remain that score heading into half time.

In a tight second half battle, the Storm finally broke ahead in the 64th minute, but remained unconverted to be 10-6.

With just under two minutes remaining, the Panthers moved the ball around, with Charlie Staines passing it back inside from the right wing to Kurt Capewell, who from a standing start 10 metres out, stepped and jinked his way, evading three defenders in his path to the try line, slamming it over with his out stretched right arm. The try locked it up at 10-all, with Crichton’s conversion giving the Panthers a 12-10 lead heading into the final minute.

However, a short restart from the Storm was knocked on by the Panthers, which gave them one final chance. As the full time siren sounded, the Storm had seemingly crossed for the match winner, only for Viliame Kikau to hold the ball up in the in goal, and therefore the Panthers holding up for a pulsating two point victory, and in some way avenge for the grand final defeat.

WINS | [2021] Round 2: Penrith 28 Canterbury 0

Saturday 20th March at Bankwest Stadium

Penrith 28– Tries: Kikau (2), Momirovski (2), May (1); Goals: Cleary (2), Crichton (2) | Canterbury 0

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In just the fourth minute, Viliam Kikau hit a hole on the Bulldogs right edge to barge over in the corner.

With only two minutes remaining in the half, a well weighted Jarome Luai stab kick into the in goal was grounded by Tyrone May, with Nathan Cleary’s conversion giving the visitors a 10-0 lead heading into halftime.

After a scoreless twenty minutes to open the second half, a Mitch Kenny from dummy half found a rampaging Kikau who once again hit a hole at close range to go over untouched.

With the Bulldogs down to 12 players after a high shot on Nathan Cleary with 10 minutes remaining, the Panthers finished off the contest with two more tries, both to Paul Momirovski – the first one was picking up the scraps after the Bulldogs were not able to ground a kick in the in goal, and then with two minutes remaining made it a double with a solo effort that started about 20 metres out and involved a number of tackle busts as he charged his way over.

For the second week in a row, the Panthers were able to keep their opposition scoreless.

WINS | [2021] Round 1: Penrith 24 North Queensland 0

Saturday 13th March at Panthers Stadium

Penrith 24 – Tries: Capewell (1), Edwards (1), To’o (1), Yeo (1); Goals: Cleary (4) | North Queensland 0

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Second rower Kurt Capewell barged over after six minutes to post the Panthers first try for the new premiership season, which was converted by Nathan Cleary.

A penalty conversion from right in front only minutes later extended it to 8-0.

Despite a number of opportunities, including one that was overturned by the NRL Bunker, it would remain 8-0 at half time.

Twelve minutes after the resumption, Penrith extended their lead when fullback Dylan Edwards ran through a massive defensive gap only metres out touched down adjacent to the left upright, with Cleary’s extras making it 14-0.

Five minutes later, it became 18-0 when winger Brian To’o acrobatically leapt in the corner in an effort to evade the quickly emerging cover defence.

With just under 18 minutes remaining, a high kick from Cleary was caught by Liam Martin on the try line and despite the attention of a number of Cowboys defenders managed to offload it to an unmarked Isaah Yeo who only had to fall over to score.

It remained that score until full time, opening the season with a win but more importantly defensively shutting out their opposition.

Penrith Panthers – from chocolate soldiers to black magic