Panthers continue unbeaten start to NRL season

Nathan Cleary was strong against the Sea Eagles. Photo: NRL Images.
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Penrith has won four straight games to start a season for the first time in the NRL era, eclipsing Manly 46-6 at Lottoland tonight.

It was Penrith’s 19th straight regular season win, set up after they raced to a 22-0 lead after as many minutes.

Brian To’o bagged a double in the first half while Moses Leota scored a rare four-pointer and Viliame Kikau continued his strong form with a try of his own.

The Sea Eagles stopped the bleeding in the final 15 minutes of the first half and scored a try to reduce the margin to 22-6 at the break, but Kikau grabbed his second early in the second half (after passing a HIA) to give the visitors breathing space.

Viliame Kikau in action against Manly. Photo: NRL Images.

By the time Matt Burton scored to give Penrith a 30-6 lead with a quarter of the game to go, victory was out of reach for Manly, who have started the season with four straight losses.

From there the Panthers were in second gear – grabbing another four pointer through Kurt Capewell off a brilliant Nathan Cleary kick, and cruising to a 40-point win with a late Paul Momirovski try and a Nathan Cleary penalty goal adding to the tally.

Incredibly, the Panthers have conceded just three tries in four games in what has been a stellar start to the season.

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary labelled it a “professional” performance.

James Fisher-Harris sets up a first half try. Photo: NRL Images.

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