Ravishing Roosters pump poor Panthers

The Sydney Roosters and the Penrith Panthers went head to head in the second game of Friday night football down at Allianz Stadium, with first and third place colliding in the marquee game of the week. The Roosters were coming off a last minute scramble yet again as they took a win away from home against a resilient Newcastle Knights, while Penrith managed to take a one point win against the Canberra Raiders in the capital.

The Penrith Panthers were able to name the same 1-17 line up that they did earlier in the week, while the Roosters made 2 changes to their Tuesday team line-up. Victor Radley would start at second row, with Mitch Aubusson moving to the bench. Nat Butcher would also come to the bench, with Siosiua Taukeiaho dropping out of the team.

The Roosters would get off to a flying start, with Joey Manu picking off a pass from James Maloney to run 60 metres before getting run down by Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. The next play, Victor Radley would scoot from dummy half and send Blake Ferguson over for a quick 6-0 lead just 6 minutes in after the Mitchell conversion.
3 minutes later, the Roosters would get in as Luke Keary turned a ball out for Isaac Liu to barrage his way over as he continues his try-scoring form. Zane Tetevano would then get his first try in 5 years in the NRL, as Latrell Mitchell offloaded for Luke Keary to go through and pass inside to Tetevano to make it 18-0 after 15 minutes.

Nathan Cleary and Dean Whare would have a moment of brilliance, as Whare would crash his way to the try-line, carrying a few of the Roosters defenders with him as he got the Panthers back to a two try gap. It would not last though, with a penalty goal for Latrell Mitchell confining the Panthers to a 20-6 half time deficit.

The Roosters and the Panthers would both threaten the line in the first 10 minutes of the second half, however the most notable news out of this period is that Latrell Mitchell was stretchered off after an accidental crusher tackle by Nathan Cleary. It was an ugly looking tackle, with Mitchell's head snapping back after being pushed down as Cleary came down in the tackle.

It would not slow down the Roosters scoring though, with Blake Ferguson going over for his second try of the game. Joey Manu flicked a lovely ball to send the winger over, who would then convert his own try to make it 26-6. Manu would then somehow hold up Tyrone Phillips with the Panthers winger looking certain to score just minutes later, and Tyrone Peachey would be sent to the sin bin for repeated infringements.

The game would get pretty sloppy after the sin bin, but the Roosters would finally get over with Daniel Tupou scoring in the left hand corner to send the game well and truly to bed. Ferguson would keep his perfect kicking record in tact with his conversion, the Roosters heading towards a 32-6 lead with just 7 minutes left. The Roosters would lose another outside back with Ferguson leaving the field just before full time, but that would be extent of the last two minutes as the Roosters sink the Panthers with a 32-6 thrashing.



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