Penrith took top spot on the National Rugby League ladder after a convincing 36-14 win over the Gold Coast Titans at CBUS Super Stadium on Saturday night.
They led 14-8 at half time and went on to complete their fourth consecutive win for the first time since 2010 and in doing so gaining top spot for the first time since 2003 (beyond round five).
Isaah Yeo’s try with thirty minutes to go broke the game wide open. A poor pass from Albert Kelly hit Titans Origin hopeful Dave Taylor in the side of the head. Yeo’s pickup and strength to go through the David Mead tackle put the Panthers ahead 18-8. With fifteen minutes to go Tyrone Peachey took advantage of an Kelly kick that ricocheted, ending up in his hands on an eighty metre run to the try line.
Fortune favoured the Titans with ten minutes remaining when Taylor ran at Josh Mansour who unsuccessfully attempted a one on one strip only to end up in Mead scoring to reduce Penrith’s lead to ten points.
Jamie Soward’s fifty metres solo try sealed victory with three minutes to play. Matt Moylan was celebrating with the fans nearing full time when he was on the end of Tyrone Peachey’s pass after being put in the clear by Peter Wallace.
The Titans welcomed the return of Albert Kelly, Greg Bird and Nate Myles. And it appeared the Titans were looking to play the game through the forwards in the first half. A lapse of concentration after six minutes gave James Segeyaro a clear path to the try line from forty metres out and it appeared it could end up being a disasterous night for the Titans with cracks appearing in the defense. To their credit they got back on level terms after consecutive penalties allowed Luke Douglas to score from close range.
Penrith were made to work hard for their second with Lewis Brown crossing at the half hour mark. Jeremy Latimore was responsible in the previous Titans set for his positioning in a defending chase that resulted in Will Zillman losing control of the ball when trying to pick up the ball and score. When the Panthers got the ball down the Titans end it was Latimore who offloaded to Peachey before Soward unselfishly found Brown on his outside to score.
It could be said that the return of Albert Kelly affected the result. His performance was sloppy in a key position coming up against Soward and Wallace. Myles had some impact for the home side and Taylor ran at Soward all night as the Panthers did well to contain him to just one try scoring play when Mead scored.
Despite losing David Simmons in the first half to injury and Sika Manu off the field after being copping an accidental scratch to the eye, Penrith weren’t phased and adjusted accordingly. Tyrone Peachey had another magnificent game with a try and two line breaks. James Segeyaro’s wasn’t too far behind with one try and forty-five tackles. And a special mention to Isaah Yeo after scoring his first try in the top grade last week, will continue to grow confidence after powering his way to the try line at a critical stage of the match.
PENRITH PANTHERS 36 (James Segeyaro, Lewis Brown, Isaah Yeo, Tyrone Peachey, Jamie Soward, Matt Moylan tries; Jamie Soward 6 goals) defeated GOLD COAST TITANS 14 (Luke Douglas, David Mead tries; Kevin Gordon 3 goals)
WELL DESERVED LEADERS AT HALF-WAY
With most of the results now determined for the weekend, Penrith cannot be knocked off top spot. We were cheering on the Broncos in a great win they had over Manly last week at Suncorp which saw the boys go into second place. This week we cheered louder for the Sea Eagles as they thumped Canterbury. We now have a twelve point differential jump on Canterbury (+71 to +59) and nineteen points on the Sea Eagles, with all three teams on eighteen points. With a home game against the Dragons this week, followed by the bye and NZ Warriors, West Tigers matches after the break, Penrith could potentially be at 26 points max by round 17. That to me is a scary thought, but one that is well deserved by this current unit.
PENRITH PANTHERS OFFICIAL QUEENSLAND TICKETED MEMBERS FUNCTION – FRIDAY NIGHT
This night was a huge success and well organised by the Penrith Panthers club. We’d love to add your photo’s onto our site by emailing [email protected] It provided ticketed members with a rare insight into how unified, approachable and professional the current squad is. Here’s our open letter to management.
ROBINA TAVERN QLDPANTHERS EVENT
Thanks to all those who attended the Robina Tavern pre-game for lunch and drinks. Robina Tavern have been our meeting place for the five events we’ve held since the Titans started playing at CBUS Super Stadium. We thank the courteous staff for their hospitality. We look forward to our next trip down the Coast.
UNDER 20’S TOO GOOD FOR THE TITANS
Congrats to our Under 20’s. In previous year’s I have missed watching them live due to function commitments. Despite showing a lack of urgency on a couple of occasions that allowed for Titans tries, the Panthers through Sam Scarlett got the two points in winning 34-18.
POST MATCH PRESSER
Who couldn’t be happier with the result than these two! Thanks for bringing one of our best sides in years to south-east Queensland.