NRL Match Report | Round 7
The Roosters have gone down to a tough Penrith Panthers side on Monday night 16-20 on a wet night at Allianz Stadium.
Brendan Elliot looked to go over in the opening two minutes, only for Panthers fullback Matt Moylan to put him into touch.
After an unfortunate error from Latrell Mitchell gifted the Panthers field position, the Panthers took full advantage, scoring through Dallin Watene-Zelezniak on the right edge.
After forcing the goal-line dropout and being gifted a penalty in the following sets, Jamie Soward capitalised for the Panthers and took the two-points on offer right in front.
When the Roosters were gifted a penalty on the other end, Latrell Mitchell was there to capitalise after barging his way through three defenders to score an impressive four-pointer for the Tricolours.
The Panthers would go on to score the next try through rookie five-eighth Te Maire Martin, making a break 10 metres out and going over untouched.
In the dying minutes of the second half, the Roosters took advantage of a penalty by taking the quick tap and offloading to Blake Ferguson to bring it to within four points going into the break.
The Panthers were the hot starters in the second half, scoring in the opening five minutes through Waqa Blake after running his way to score between the uprights.
With twenty minutes remaining on the clock, the Roosters pulled off a miraculous try when Hastings kicked, Shaun Kenny-Dowall tapped it back, it went through several sets of hands before Latrell Mitchell bolted his way to score between the up-rights.
In the final ten minutes, the Roosters held the Panthers out on four consecutive sets, but they weren’t able to get the ball and field possession back for a chance to win the game.