Penrith Panthers defeat Sydney Roosters match report, highlights, stats, video, result, Dylan Edwards try, Roosters obstruction, SuperCoach scores, Joey Manu no try


The Penrith Panthers have extended their winning streak to nine straight over the Roosters with a 22-16 win in an action-packed affair at Allianz Stadium.

Panthers winger Sunia Turuva scored a hat-trick and Dylan Edwards was outstanding, with the fullback handing in an early contender for try of the year after a brilliant individual effort.

The Panthers were without star halfback Nathan Cleary, but Brad Schneider did played a strong game in the No. 7 jersey, looking confident with each touch and adding 25 tackles.

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The Roosters looked listless in attack, with Joey Manu providing the only threat with ball in hand for the home side, however that was probably more of a reflection on how restricting the Panthers’ defence was.

15 minutes into the contest, Edwards was backpedalling on the 5th tackle as the Roosters defence was closing, however went right, found some space before putting a grubber in which he chased down himself to give Penrith a 12-0 lead.

“Penrith flying early,” Michael Ennis said on Fox League.

“That’s brilliant skill.”

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10 minutes later, the Roosters looked to have hit back through Joey Manu, however it was denied by the Bunker after a contentious obstruction was found.

The Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargraeves ran 10 metres past the defensive line but stopped as Edwards was coming over in cover. According to the Bunker, that constituted an obstruction.

“That’s rubbish. He’s in the in goal. How far through the line do they want him to run. They want him to run to Randwick!” Andrew Voss said on Fox League.

The Roosters would finally score on the stroke of halftime after a lovely Sam Walker kick was chased down by Sitili Tupouniua, who did well to ground it just inside the field of play.

Turuva would score two tries in the second half to give Penrith a 22-6 lead.

The Roosters looked gone, but two late tries to Brandon Smith and Daniel Tupou got the home side within 6 with 24 seconds left.

The Roosters tried one final play 80m out but a Luke Keary cut out ball was batted into touch by the Penrith to give them the win.

“Penrith played a higher tempo than the Roosters. They were all over them,” Matty Johns said post match.

‘Well beaten in a lot of areas…’ | 08:54

WHAT WE LEARNED

BUNKER CONTROVERSY STRIKES AGAIN

It’s time to bring in a Bunker to rule on the Bunker after fans were left seething with a couple of shocking calls that have left rugby league lovers questioning everything they thought they knew about the game.

The understrength Panthers showed why they’re the three-time defending premiers with a dominant 22-16 win over a very disappointing Roosters side, but the result has been overshadowed by a couple of howlers that hurt both sides.

Graham Annesley did well to explain on Monday why Jake Trbojevic had been penalised for an obstruction last week, but you get the feeling he’ll be admitting Bunker official Chris Butler made a mistake to disallow a Joseph Manu try.

Manu’s spectacular put down will be forgotten by the end of the month because the Bunker ruled that Jared Waerea-Hargreaves stopped in the line and prevented Dylan Edwards from getting there, even though the fullback was pretty much in another postcode to where the try was scored.

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The baffling call would have infuriated Roosters fans who then saw Sunia Turuva score the second of his three tries even though Luke Keary had been obstructed.

There was a massive square up just before half-time when Sitili Tupouniua pounced on a Sam Walker grubber, but replays showed there was clear separation between his hands and the ball.

While they’ll feel aggrieved with some of the decisions, the Roosters only have themselves to blame with the hosts coughing up far too much ball and looking nothing like the team that belted the Bunnies a week ago.

– NCA Newswire’s Martin Gabor

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EDWARDS WINS FULLBACK BATTLE

The battle between James Tedesco and Dylan Edwards was billed as a heavyweight fight, and it was the Penrith star who won via knockout.

Edwards has had a hot start to the season, but he handed in his best performance of 2024 against the Roosters.

He set the tone with a brilliant individual try when putting in a grubber and chasing it down to score despite it looking like nothing was happening on the last tackle.

As we’re used to seeing from him, Edwards ran for over 200m (223), had four tackle busts, two try assists and a try.

He was also handy with the boot, taking over the kicking duties from the injured Cleary and knocking over three conversions, including two from the sideline.

Tedesco meanwhile, was kept well in check by the Panthers defence. The Blues skipper ran for just 129 metres, down on his usual output.

TURUVA STARS ON BACK OF CONTRACT NEWS

He’s a man in demand, and Sunia Turuva gave NRL rivals three more reasons to recruit him on Thursday night.

The Fijian flyer scored an impressive hat-trick, skipping past Luke Keary on cover defence for his third in impressive fashion.

His emphatic performance comes amid Turuva’s contract crossroads, with the gun winger reportedly set to take his talents to the open market.

He’s without a contract for the 2025 season, and according to the SMH, Panthers bosses can only offer a deal worth around $350,000 per-year due to salary cap pressures.

Turuva is set to earn around $500,000 per-season on the open market, however Penrith powerbrokers might have to reconsider to retain his services.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakout year in 2023 and won the Dally M Rookie of the Year, however he’s reportedly eyeing a switch to fullback.

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