St George Illawarra Dragons 4
Penrith Panthers 16
Tries:James Segeyaro, Adam Docker, Jamal Idris
Goals:Jamie Soward 2/3
The Penrith Panthers showed their class with a sound 16-4 defeat of the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium, Wollongong this afternoon.
A resolute Panthers defence conceded just one try to Brett Morris in the 7th minute, while the loss likely ends the Dragons’ faint hopes of making the finals.
13,107 fans were on hand to witness a game that had a semi final-like atmosphere and the Dragons scored first through Morris. His try put he and Josh Morris in the record books for most number of first grade tries by a set of brothers with 196, eclipsing the previous mark of 195 set by Steve, Peter, Chris and Glen Mortimer.
The Panthers hit back when live wire hooker James Segeyaro sliced through the defence from close range to score in the 16th minute. Former Dragon Jamie Soward converted from in front to make it 6-4.
In a close game, neither side added to the scoreboard for the remainder of the half.
Just three minutes into the second half the Panthers went further in front when Adam Docker took advantage of some flimsy goal line defence by the Dragons to score a simple try. Soward’s conversion made it 12-4.
With 8 minutes left in the match, Panthers centre Jamal Idris put the game beyond doubt with a solo try, breezing past Benji Marshall to score. Soward missed the conversion but the Panthers enjoyed a solid victory, built on the back of some outstanding defence.