Penrith Panthers 4
Tries: Lewis Brown
Field Goals: nil
Sydney Roosters 24
Tries: Shaun Kenny-Dowall 2, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Goals: James Maloney 4
Field Goals: nil
Sydney Roosters have defeated Penrith Panthers 24-4 at Pepper Stadium in front of 13,564 fans.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall grabbed a double in the Roosters win that moves the club to outright third at the end of eighteen rounds with twenty-four points.
It was a bruising encounter in the first half separated by Kenny-Dowall’s try twenty minutes in after the Roosters exposed the Panthers left hand defence. In the lead-up question marks were raised about whether the Roosters made a play at a Panthers pass with the touch judge ruling in the home side’s favour, only to be overruled by Ashley Klein. Replays suggest the linesman was in the right.
Kenny-Dowall extended the Roosters lead eleven minutes after half time after Ferguson tapped the ball back into the hands of Mitch Aubusson and onto the Kiwi International for the score. On the hour Roger Tuivasa-Sheck reached out to place the ball on the try line thanks to Aubusson’s offload. The Roosters in control having scored eighteen unanswered points.
Lewis Brown finally got the home side on the scoreboard using his strength and determination to break the Roosters stealth like goal line defence. It wasn’t long until weight of possession and field position to the Roosters paid off with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves scoring his first for the season to cap off a twenty point win at the foot of the mountains.
Penrith lost David Simmons in the first half to a hamstring injury on a night where they struggled to dominate at the ruck against a well oiled Roosters outfit. Bryce Cartwright again had a good game on a losing side. They now travel to Melbourne next Friday night in an attempt to keep their finals chances alive.
It’s all good news for the side from Bondi. Kenny-Dowall and Ferguson were excellent as they exposed the Panthers out wide. Mitchell Pearce bounced back from the Origin disappointment on Friday night to put in a solid performance. On this effort they are strong challengers for the title as they chase down Brisbane and North Queensland who sit above them on the table.
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