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Tarsha Gale Panthers punish Rabbitohs

Penrith Panthers have continued their strong Tarsha Gale Cup form, thrashing the South Sydney Rabbitohs 28-0 at BlueBet Stadium on Saturday morning to register their third-straight victory.

The Panthers had plenty of attacking chances early, however errors and desperate Souths defence prevented them from scoring in the opening minutes.

Strong defence by the Panthers brought about numerous Rabbitohs errors, including a goal line drop out in the 18th minute. The sustained pressure finally brought a breakthrough, with Bella McEachern summersaulting over in the corner to take the score to 4-0.

Panthers captain Yasmine Baker doubled that lead in the shadows of half time, picking up a loose offload and dummying her way through the defensive line to score.

It took less than four minutes of the second half for them to score again, with a shift to the left leading to a try to Mackenzie Doust.

The Panthers looked to have extended the lead further when Jemimah Tagaloamatua charged through the defence, only for the tackle of Souths fullback Georgie Coote to deny her.

The Rabbitohs came close to scoring in the 45th minute, however desperate defence in the corner allowed the Panthers to keep the clean sheet intact.

With ten minutes remaining, the Panthers put their foot down, scoring a pair of quick tries through Piper Spackman and Jaida Staben to blow the margin out to 22-0.

A show-and-go from Montana McLean in the next set put Staben away for her second try in as minutes, with the halfback converting her own try to blow the score out to the final margin of 28-0.


Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.