WINS | [2015] Round 16: Penrith 35 Wests Tigers 12

Sunday 28th June at Leichhardt Oval

Penrith 35 – Tries: Simmons (4), Mansour (1), Wallace (1), Watene-Zelezniak (1); Goals: Soward (2), Simmons (1); Field goals: Wallace (1) | Wests Tigers 12


The Tigers opened the scoring in the 15th minute to lead 6-0.

Nine minutes later a well-timed Dean Whare flick pass hit winger David Simmons who broke the line down the right flank and Peter Wallace’s support on his inside was rewarded with a try under the uprights – Jamie Soward’s conversion locked it up at 6-all.

Taking advantage of a 40-20 kick minutes later a chain of passes close to the line found an unmarked Josh Mansour on the left wing and he acrobatically evaded the converging cover defence in the corner to ground the ball only centre metres from the corner post. It remained unconverted as the Panthers now led 10-4.

The Tigers struck back with just over 5 minutes remaining in the half to lead 12-10, taking the 2 point lead into half time.

With just over a minute gone after the resumption, Penrith had regained the lead when David Simmons stepped back inside and exploited a gap in the sliding defence to cross over, with Soward’s conversion making it 16-10.

In the 50th minute, Simmons was over for a double when he was once again on the end of a chain of backline passes but this time ran a straight line towards the corner.

In the 61st minute Simmons was over for a second half hat-trick when Whare busted the line, and drew in the defending fullback to find an unmarked Simmons to go over untouched, and the visitors were leading by 12.

Just before the 65 minute mark, the Panthers gained a psychological greater than 2 converted try advantage when Peter Wallace potted a field goal from about 18 metres out.

Penrith further pushed the lead out with a Dallin Watene-Zelezniak try that survived a possible obstruction infringement from the video referee, and was iced in the after the full time siren in bizarre circumstances when the Panthers threw the ball around and was intercepted by the Tigers, only to be intercepted by Lewis Brown who sliced through the scattered defensive line and found Simmons who barged over for his fourth try of the match, and added the extras to make it 35-12 at full time.

PLAYERS | Nick Youngquest


Panther 454

18 matches [2006-2007]

66 points [9 tries, 15 goals]


Cronulla junior who debuted for the Sharks in 2003 and a after two seasons at the Dragons in 2004 and 2005 signed with the Panthers for the 2006 season.

The utility back made his club debut for Penrith in the opening round of the 2006 season, starting on the wing in their win over the Bulldogs. In total, he made seven appearances across the season, playing on the wing, in the centres and at fullback and scored two tries.

In 2007, he once again started the season on the wing but would be dropped back to Premier League before making a return in the second half of the season. Starting on the wing in 10 matches, he crossed for 7 tries in that period and was also the first choice goal kicker in a number of these matches, scoring 58 points during that stint.

At the end of the season, he left the Panthers, signing with the Wests Tigers for 2008 but after not playing any NRL was released mid-season to the Bulldogs. After four appearances, he went to England in 2009, playing firstly in the Championship before a two year stint with Castleford in 2011 and 2012. Post career he has entered the modelling profession.

PLAYERS | Craig Stapleton


Panther 453

24 matches [2006]

4 points [1 try]


St. George junior who made his debut for St. George in their final season as a stand alone club in 1998 before later playing for the joint venture St. George Illawarra. After stints at Parramatta in 2004 and with Leigh in the English Championship in 2005, he returned to Australia in 2006 and signed a one year contract with Penrith.

He made his club debut for the Panthers in the opening premiership round versus the Bulldogs, starting in the second row. Alternating between starting front rower and bench forward, he would play in all 24 matches that season, scoring the one try in the come from behind victory over Cronulla. His consistent form throughout the season was rewarded with him being named for the Prime Ministers 13 in the annual clash versus Papua New Guinea.

In 2007 he went to Cronulla and in 2008 returned to England to play for the Salford Reds in the Super League. In 2010, he returned to Australia, and signed for South Sydney, making just the three appearances before retiring.

Post career he has entered coaching and as of 2019 was head coach of the Warilla Gorillas in the Illawarra competition.

PLAYERS | Mark McGaw


Panther 327

16 matches [1993]

12 points [3 tries]


Cronulla junior who debuted for the Sharks in 1984. After nine seasons at Cronulla, which included representative football for both NSW and Australia, he signed with the Panthers for the 1993 season.

He made his club debut for Penrith in the opening round of the 1993 as a starting centre.

In total, he would make a total of 16 appearances throughout the season, primarily in the centres but a couple of these matches was a starting lock forward.

However he successfully sought a release after just one season, joining South Sydney in 1994, playing for the Rabbitohs for two seasons before retiring at the end of the 1995 season.

PLAYERS | Mark O’Halloran


Panther 452

11 matches [2006-2008]

0 points 


Balmain junior who made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers in 2001. After two seasons, he went to the English Super League, running out for the London Broncos for two seasons before returning to Australia in 2006 when he signed to the Panthers.

He made his club debut for the Panthers in the opening round of the 2006 season, coming off the bench in the victory over the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

Over the next three seasons he would be viewed as a “squad” player, making sporadic appearances – 3 in 2007, 7 in 2007 and 1 in 2008, being used as either a starting player in the backline or coming off the bench usually as a replacement second rower. His solitary (and final) appearance in 2008 was in the second round loss to Canberra at CUA Stadium.

In 2007 he played an international for the USA in a World Cup qualifier versus Tonga.

He would retire at the end of the 2008 season.

PLAYERS | Bryan Norrie


Panther 451

28 matches [2006-2007]

0 points 


Forbes junior who made his NRL debut for St. George Illawarra in 2004. After seven appearances across two seasons, he was signed by the Panthers for the 2006 season.

He made his club debut for the Panthers in the opening round of the 2006 season, coming off the bench. In total, he would make 17 appearances that season, all off the bench as a replacement forward.

In 2007, he made 12 appearances, predominantly in the second half of the season and in 8 of those matches started in the front row. His final appearance for Penrith was in the final round.

In 2008 he went to Cronulla and in 2010 went to Melbourne, making 121 appearances across five seasons (including a premiership in 2012) before retiring due to injury at the end of 2014.

Post career he has joined the NRL as a match review officer, which includes being a member of the NRL bunker.

WINS | [2013] Round 23: Penrith 28 New Zealand Warriors 24

Sunday 18th August at Mount Smart Stadium

Penrith 28 – Tries: Mansour (2), Simmons (2), Manu (1); Goals: Walsh (4) | New Zealand Warriors 24


The Warriors raced to a 12-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes, however the Panthers soon struck back when Josh Mansour powered his way down the left flank to plant the ball just beside the corner post. Luke Walsh’s conversion from the sideline cut it back to a 6 point margin.

Just after the 30 minute mark, the visitors reduced it to a 2 point margin when a Dean Whare flick pass hit winger David Simmons on the chest and managed to evade the Warriors cover defence to plant the ball just inside the in goal area.

Just before the half time siren the Panthers had erased the deficit and hit the lead when Simmons crossed for his second, once again with a try assist from Whare, but scored slightly further in the field of play and charged his way over the line. Walsh’s conversion gave Penrith a 16-12 lead at the break.

The Panthers were first to score in the second half when Mansour bagged a double in spectacular fashion, leaping up in the air to ground a high bouncing ball just before it travelled over the dead ball line, with Walsh’s conversion making it 22-12.

However, the Warriors would strike back with a converted try to pair the lead back to 4, but once again the Panthers stretched the lead when Sika Manu jinked his way from 20 metres out to score, with the conversion making it 28-18 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Warriors once again cut the lead back to 4 soon after, and had a chance to potentially lock it up in the dying seconds but desperate try line defence from the Panthers snuffed out any opportunity, and the Panthers broke a four match losing streak in the process.

PLAYERS | Peter Tunks


Panther 289

12 matches [1990]

0 points 


South Sydney junior who made his first-grade debut with the Rabbitohs in 1978, and in 1984 joined Canterbury. After six seasons at the Bulldogs, including being the premiership winning captain in 1988 (and also 9 appearances for NSW and 10 Tests for Australia), he followed coach Phil Gould to Penrith in 1990.

He made his club debut for the Panthers in the opening round of the 1990 season, starting in the front row. After 12 appearances, including two as a replacement, injuries and form saw him relegated to reserve grade for the remainder of the season.

At the end of the year he left Penrith, heading to England to play out his career, including a stint as captain-coach at Oldham before returning to Australia.

WINS | [2014] Round 5: Penrith 12 Canberra 6

Saturday 5th April at Sportingbet Stadium

Penrith 12 – Tries: Watene-Zelezniak (2), Mansour (1) | Canberra 6


In wet conditions, the home team opened the scoring in 16th minute when debutant Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scored in the corner, but it would remain unconverted with the Panthers leading 4-0.

With less than a minute to half time, a cut out pass hit an unmarked Josh Mansour on the opposite wing and crossed over in the corner. Once again it remained unconverted and Penrith led 8-0 at half time.

A converted try to the Raiders in the 54th minute reduced it to a 2 point margin.

With less than 9 minutes remaining, a pin point cross field kick from Peter Wallace found an unmarked Dallin Watene-Zelezniak who was standing in the in goal and simply had to catch and ground the ball for a try. The third unsuccessful conversion attempt, once again from the sideline left it at a 6 point margin, however the Panthers managed to hold out the visitors for the remainder to record a victory.

WINS | [2014] Round 10: Penrith 26 Canberra 20

Sunday 18th May at GIO Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: Simmons (2), Mansour (1), Moylan (1), Segeyaro (1); Goals: Soward (3) | Canberra 20


The Raiders scored in the opening set of the match to lead 6-0 but only minutes later the Panthers also registered points on the scoreboard when David Simmons was on the end of a chain of passes to the right edge to cross in the corner. However the sideline conversion was not successful so Canberra retained a 2 point lead.

The visitors gained the lead in the 15th minute when a Jamie Soward cross field kick found an unmarked Josh Mansour on the left wing only metres from the line, and ran further towards the uprights to improve the position – it allowed Soward to successfully convert the try with the Panthers leading 10-6.

The lead was extended to 14-10 soon after when an angled run by Matt Moylan sliced the line and crossed for a four pointer.

But two quick fire tries to Canberra saw them wrest back the lead and were ahead 16-14 at half time.

Five minutes after the resumption, Penrith regained the lead when James Segeyaro burrowed over from dummy half, and soon after David Simmons was over for a double to lead 26-16.

A Canberra try with 10 minutes to go reduced Penrith’s lead to 6 but the Panthers were able to hold on for victory.

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