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Panthers Warm Up With Win
Posted by Number 2 on November 22 2007 - 00:06:26

Opening Game

By Matthew Horton at Knowsley Road

Penrith Panthers started their three game tour of England with a comfortable 26-0 victory over St Helens at a rain swept Knowsley Road on Wednesday night.

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In what was the Panthers only warm up game for the Carnegie World Club Challenge against the Rhinos on Monday night, a weakened Saints Academy side that had only been training for a week prior to the game were no match for the 2007 Jersey Flegg winners.

Playing into a strong breeze the Panthers took a 10-0 lead into the break. Saints bravely held out for 20 minutes under intense pressure from a dominant Penrith side who were well led round the park by stand off Wade Graham. It was hooker Joel Romelo who got the opening try after he sneaked over from dummy half. It looked like that was going to be the only score of the half but Graham ghosted through the Saints defence from 40 metres out to slide over in the corner 4 minutes from the break. Michael Mate converted well from out wide in the difficult conditions.

Penrith started the second half strongly, a kick from Wade Graham was touched down in the in-goal by Sonny Tuigamala (Brother of ex-Wigan star Inga) and Mate again converted with the half only 5 minutes old. Then Sam McKendry was denied after a knock on was spotted in the build up. Saints began to tire and struggled to get out of their own half and Penrith rammed their advantage home. In the 65th minute, Tuigamala getting his second try of the game after good work by Michael Mate. He then converted to take the lead to 22-0 and put the result beyond doubt.

The game was then marred by a large brawl with 8 minutes to go. Saints Sam Thompson and the Panthers Joel Orton started trading blows, the remaining players came charging in and the fists were flying. Sean Weed and Michael Mate then had their own personal battle before referee Jamie Leahy restored order, dispatched all 4 players to the Sin Bin and the game was to finish 11 a-side. From the resulting penalty the Panthers scored again when Tirinau Arona crossed from a Lachlan Coote pass. With Mate off the field, Coote’s conversion attempt drifted across the face of the posts to leave the final score at 26-0 and send the Panthers to Headingley Carnegie in good heart.

St Helens: 1. Shaun Quinn; 2. Adam Twamley, 3. Sean Weed, 4. Dave Hull, 5. Paddy Flynn; 6. Andy Stott, 7. Lee Cunliffe; 8. Paul Leyland, 9. Alex McClurg, 10. Danny Cooper, 11. Paul Johnson, 12. Kurt Haggerty, 13. Olly Cooper.
Interchange: 14. Danny Fairhurst, 15. Andy Parnell, 16. Sam Thompson, 17. Liam Bland, 18. Dwayne Nelson, 19. Greg Smith, 20. Liam Gilchrist, 21. Akin Okunola

Penrith Panthers: 1. Lachlan Coote; 2. Greg Waddell, 3. Michael Mate, 4 Chris Ward, 5. Sonny Tuigamala; 6. Wade Graham, 7. Luke Clydesdale; 8. Sam McKendry, 9. Joel Romelo, 10. Joel Orton, 11. Daniel Penese, 12. Brad Goodwin, 13. Jamie Theoharous.
Interchange: 14. Trent Iselin, 15. Jarrod Cannon, 16. Tim Glasby, 17. Mitchell Calahane, 18. Matthew Minto, 19, Tinirau Arona, 20. Zoram Watene

Referee: Jamie Leahy
Touch Judges: Joseph Cobb, Richard Cowling



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