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Nathan Cleary makes a hit-up for the Panthers in his go back from damage. (AAP: Craig Golding)
Penrith big name Nathan Cleary has made a triumphant NRL go back from damage after serving to steer the Panthers to a 16-2 win over the Wests Tigers on Thursday evening.
Cleary had neglected the previous seven fits with a knee damage however arrange a first-half attempt to broke 3 tackles in a robust efficiency towards his father’s Tigers aspect.
He has now received each contests towards father Ivan within the NRL however, extra importantly, took a step against a imaginable New South Wales debut two weeks ahead of groups for State of Starting place I are decided on.
The half-back blended properly with veteran playmaker James Maloney in a dominant first 1/2 at Panthers Stadium, the place the hosts loved triple the quantity of performs within the opposition 20-metre zone.
And whilst Penrith used to be not able to covert its dominance into issues, it used to be in large part untroubled in defence because the Tigers have been held try-less for the primary time in a yr.
The win in entrance of a crowd of 15,081 lifts the Panthers to 16 issues however underneath top-placed St George Illawarra on issues differential.
The Panthers have a good time Tyrone Peachey’s attempt within the first 1/2. (AAP: Craig Golding)
For the Tigers, their disappointing result’s their fourth defeat in 5 fits and the early-season wonder packets are actually at risk of slipping out of the highest 8 for the primary time in 2018.
Each groups traded early consequences when Panthers ahead Trent Merrin used to be marched for repeated workforce infringements within the 22nd minute, on the other hand, his go out handiest sparked Penrith into an attacking frenzy.
Cleary arrange Tyrone Peachey with a well-timed grubber now not lengthy after, ahead of Maloney adopted it up with a two-man reduce out for an acrobatic end via Tyrone Phillips and a two-try lead at half-time.
The Panthers had a lot of alternatives to increase their benefit in a managed 2nd 1/2, which integrated Tigers ahead Alex Twal being sin-binned for repeated workforce consequences.
Viliame Kikau, Christian Crichton and Phillips all seemed set to attain however have been denied via a valiant Tigers defence on each and every instance, ahead of the Panthers hung on for his or her 6th win in 8 fits.