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A hard working display from the Roosters Holden Cup side saw the Tricolours defeat the previously undefeated Penrith Panthers 32-16.

Hard working defence and some slick attacking movements powered the Roosters to the result on a sunny day at Allianz Stadium.

The Tricolour forwards were relentless all day constantly making metres up the middle of the pitch and holding out a strong Panthers forward pack.

Fullback Nene Macdonald was outstanding for the home side while Samisoni Langi was again destructive in attack.

The Panthers crossed out wide twice early on thanks to two solid runs first from Nick Walker then fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to put the visitors in a commanding position early on.

Captain Rhyse Martin then hit back for the Tricolours with a great solo run of his own to put the home side back to within four.

A blitzing kick return from fullback Nene Macdonald put the Tricolours right on the attack and halfback Tyler Cornish then weaved his magic to step over the line to put the home side in front by two.

The Tricolours dominated the rest of play but were unable to add any further points before the break.

A late penalty conversion to the visitors saw the sides go in to the break level on twelve points a piece.

Brendan Elliott continued his good form finishing off a slick back line movement to again put the Tricolours in the lead.

Hard working back rower Jack Noble then got the Roosters members off their seats when he wrestled his way over to extend the lead to ten with just over 20 minutes to play.

A couple of perfect passes then set up a try to flying winger Jack Goodsell extending the Tricolours to a game winning lead.

A brilliant length of the field try after the siren, secured a double for Roosters winger Jack Goodsell and sealed a massive victory in front of their home crowd.