Penrith humiliate Dragons 28-2 to move to top of NRL ladder

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Dean Whare in action against the Dragons. Photo: Melinda Jane

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.

Nathan Cleary. Photo: Melinda Jane

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.

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