Panthers reclaim top spot on NRL ladder

THE Panthers have reclaimed top spot on the NRL ladder after their electric outside backs were too good for the Tigers, winning 26-10 at Leichhardt Oval.

Penrith centre Dean Whare grabbed a double and fullback Matt Moylan also impressed with a try of his own.

But the win came at a cost, with the Panthers losing captain Peter Wallace to an ankle injury, as well as forwards Elijah Taylor and Adam Docker to concussion.

Plenty of attention before the game centred on Tigers fullback Mitchell Moses making his debut.

Moses is the nephew of Tigers legend Benny Elias.

But it was his opposite in Moylan who showed him up with the first try of the game, stepping past him in the last line of defence.

The in-form custodian went on to set up three more tries.

After Whare made his first of two tries look easy, beating some flimsy defence, the Tigers bounced back with one of their own to Blake Austin, following a strong Adam Blair charge.

But the visitors went on to resume their ascendancy in the second half, with Whare grabbing his second, and further tries to Kevin Naiqama and Jamal Idris.

Halfback Luke Brooks scored an enterprising try with three minutes left as small consolation for the hosts.

PANTHERS 26

(D Whare 2, M Moylan, K Naiqama, J Idris tries; J Soward 3 goals)

TIGERS 10

(B Austin, L Brooks tries; P Richards goal).

Crowd: 16,698 at Leichhardt Oval yesterday.


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