The party rolls on: Panthers celebrate through the night

Dylan Edwards and Nathan Cleary celebrating. Photo: NRL Images.
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Penrith players have partied through the night after claiming an historic third consecutive NRL premiership.

The players returned to Panthers Leagues Club in the early hours of the morning, with thousands of fans greeting them both outside and inside the club.

After being presented to the waiting crowd inside the club, the players attended a private function at the EVAN Theatre.

The Panthers celebrate in the sheds. Photo: NRL Images.

They continued to mingle with family, friends and sponsors through the morning.

The players then headed across to BlueBet Stadium where they’ve been greeted by thousands of adoring fans.

Dylan Edwards parties in the sheds. Photo: NRL Images.

Earlier, Penrith produced a comeback for the ages to defeat Brisbane 26-24 and claim the club’s fifth Premiership.

The game appeared gone when Ezra Mam went on a point scoring assault mid-way through the second half, scoring three tries in the space of 10 minutes.

But Nathan Cleary then took control of the game, producing a number of key moments including a 76th minute try that broke Brisbane’s hearts.

Nathan Cleary celebrates his match-winning try. Photo: NRL Images.

“I’ve never felt so under the pump in a game for ages as we were in that second half,” coach Ivan Cleary said.

“I must say, I was a little worried half way through that second half.”

Asked if he thought the team was gone when Mam scored his third try, Cleary said: “A fairly big part of me was leaning that way but one thing I never doubt was these boys’ ability to keep fighting.”

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary cops a Grand Final tradition. Photo: NRL Images.


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