Panthers power into week two of Finals

Christian Crichton scores for the Panthers. Photo: Melinda Jane

Penrith are through to the second week of the NRL finals after a dominant 27-12 win over the Warriors at ANZ Stadium tonight.

The Panthers were down 12-2 in the first half but powered back into the game to lead 18-12 at half-time.

Cameron Ciraldo’s side were never troubled in the second half, producing a strong 40 minutes to set up a battle with either the Roosters or Sharks on Friday night.

Nathan Cleary was superb for the Panthers while Tyrone Peachey bagged a double in the win.

A moment of James Maloney magic changed the game in the first half. Down by 10 after 20 minutes, he produced a stunning 40/20 that swung the momentum Penrith’s way. Once they had control, they never lost it.

James Maloney. Photo: Melinda Jane

After the match, Panthers coach Cameron Ciraldo said he felt his side could win next week regardless of who they played.

Troy Dodds

Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor.