The Sydney Roosters showed no remorse for the plight of the Penrith Panthers in their 42-6 demolition at Centrebet Stadium on Friday night.
Penrith were competitive in the first half and took a surprise lead when David Simmons added to his impressive tally with his sixteenth try of the season with quick hands from Matt Moylan onto Dean Whare before the winger scored in the corner. He would be denied a second try in the second half when chasing through a kick from Whare. Simmons wasn’t able to ground the ball over the line correctly. He is ten tries clear of the two James’, Segeyaro and Roberts with six tries apiece. Roberts was a late withdrawal for Josh Mansour.
The rest is history. Daniel Tupou scored the first of the Roosters seven tries in making up for his defensive error on the Simmons try. Jake Friend was too strong just after the half hour mark and the visitors led twelve points to six at the break.
In the worse possible news for the Panthers at the break was the loss of Adam Docker and Sika Manu both with broken hands. With only fifteen fit players combined with all out attack by the Roosters led by James Maloney, the Panthers leaked four tries in the first twenty minutes with the score 36-6 at the hour mark.
In a desperate attempt to score a consolation try near full-time, James Segeyaro went close but failed to take the pass. Soon after Boyd Cordner crossed for the Roosters with his second try for the evening.
The NYC team came from a long way behind to narrowly go down by six points, and a narrow loss for Windsor Wolves in a match that Lachlan Coote made his return playing at hooker (of all places).
Great to see the club acknowledge our 2003 Premiership winning side, and the passing of Graham Murray who steered the Panthers to a reserve grade premiership back in 1987.