NYC Panthers tame the Tigers
The Panthers have demolished Wests Tigers 34-6 in Holden Cup at Campbelltown Stadium.
The Panthers laid on seven tries to one in a scintillating 80-minute performance.
An error off the kick-off from the Tigers handed the Panthers an early opportunity to attack and they capitalised through Daniel Brown.
A surge down the left wing created an overlap for Brown who capped off the move with an acrobatic, diving effort in to the corner to hand his side a 4-0 lead.
Eight minutes passed and the Panthers were in again thanks to Sam Martin-Savage.
Jarome Luai had the vision to spot his centre in space and laid off a precise pass to put Martin-Savage in untouched. Luai would convert from the sideline to make it 10-0.
Skipper Wayde Egan kept the momentum rolling for the visiting side when he crashed over from dummy half after 25 minutes before Burns added his side’s fourth.
Some expansive passing down the left edge saw the ball go through four sets of hands before Brown teed up Burns to go over and give the Panthers a 20 point lead at the break following Luai’s conversion.
HALFTIME: Wests Tigers 0 – 20 Penrith Panthers
It took until the hour mark before either side troubled the scorers in the second half when the Tigers crossed over for their first points of the afternoon through Toa Mata’afa.
The centre was ruled to have maintained possession, despite a protest from the Panthers, to bring it back to 20-4.
However, the Panthers would hit right back thanks to Brown’s second of the afternoon.
A penalty in front of the Tigers uprights was taken quickly and went through the hands of Luai and Martin-Savage to put the winger over in the corner and restore their 20 point lead.
Mitchell Kenny further added to the home side’s woes with a breakaway on halfway before dummying the Tigers fullback to streak away and score. Luai’s conversion pushed the score out to 30-4.
The Panthers kept pressuring the Tigers line and had another try to show for their efforts when Kenny charged through the defence from dummy half for his second try to seal a convincing 36-10 victory.
FULLTIME: Wests Tigers 4 – 36 Penrith Panthers