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NRL Match Report | Round 18

The Roosters have put on an entertaining performance at Penrith on Saturday night, defeating the Panthers 24-4 in front of a big crowd.

They looked good early on, when Roger Tuivasa-Sheck popped an offload to Pearce who ran thirty metres to nearly score. They didn’t get the try on this occasion, but with the Panthers players still catching their breath trying to get onside, the whistle blew and Maloney added the extras.

It was one of the prettier tries for the Roosters this year, when Mitchell Pearce threw a beautiful ball to Ferguson who went for a run, passed inside to RTS and then pushed wide to Shaun Kenny-Dowall to open the scoring for the Roosters for the third week in a row.

There were some close calls and plenty of back and fourth footy in the first half, but the Roosters would finish the half with just the one try.

Ten minutes into the second half, and after some intense moments in defence for the Roosters, they scored up the other end, when Ferguson knocked back a kick from Maloney to Aubusson, who then passed to Shaun Kenny Dowall for his second of the night.

Blake Ferguson was good all night, showing that his speed is coming back when he made a huge break down the right edge. His pass was picked off by David Simmons, but the Roosters got the goal-line dropout. On the back of that, Roger seemed desperate to cross the line when he crashed over through three Panthers defenders with twenty minutes remaining.

In the final ten minutes, Lewis Brown crashed over for the Panthers only points of the night.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves barged over for his first try of the season and that would be all she wrote for the Roosters, putting on a nice performance to walk away with the two points.