Panthers Taken Down by Raiders in Canberra

Penrith Panthers went to the Canberra Raiders 34-12 in the NSW Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Without some regulars on the sidelines, on standby for the NRL side, Panthers coach Peter Wallace lined up a new lineup for the clash in the country’s capital.

The Raiders scored six tries to two to take a 22-point win in round 14.

It wasn’t the start the Panthers were hoping for when Raiders winger Elijah Anderson scored in the first minute of the game.

Fresh from signing a new deal with the Panthers earlier this week, talented wing defender Sunia Turuva came first for the visitors, with Niwhai Puru taking a 6-4 lead.

However, the Raiders regained a four-point lead after Ata Mariota scored in the 18th minute and Brad Schneider had no trouble adding the extras.

The home side extended their lead to 10 points after 28 minutes with a try on Albert Hopoate and a successful Schneider conversion.

Another attempt by Canberra on Rayden Burns just before half time gave the Raiders a healthy lead at halftime.

HALF TIME: PANTHERS 6 – RAIDERS 22

The Panthers had the perfect start to the second half with Turuva scoring his second try of the afternoon and Puru adding those extras to narrow the deficit to 10 points.

But just as the Panthers were gaining momentum, the Raiders on the other side moved up and Hopoate also had his second try – extending Canberra’s lead to 28-12 with half an hour to go.

A late attempt by Raider Clay Webb sealed the result for the home side.

FULL TIME: PANTHERS 12 – RAIDERS 34