Penrith have moved to the top of the competition ladder with a stunning 28-2 victory over St George-Illawarra at Panthers Stadium tonight.
The Panthers made a real statement and declared they are premiership potential, delivering the Dragons a football lesson in front of more than 21,500 fans.
It is the second week in a row the Panthers have conceded just a penalty goal after beating Wests Tigers 16-2 last week.
The game was played with a real semi-final intent and it took more than half an hour for the first try to be scored – Nathan Cleary going over for a brilliant individual four-pointer in the 33rd minute.
Penrith took an 8-0 lead into half-time and received a standing ovation from the vocal home crowd.
The Dragons narrowed the gap with a penalty goal early in the second half but it was the closest they got – Penrith producing three unanswered second half to secure the win.
Panthers coach Anthony Griffin said it was the team’s most complete performance of the season.