St George Illawarra trailed 12-0 after 15 mins and it primarily seemed Penrith were going to frisk in for a large win.
Api Koroisau burrowed over from dummy-half to open a Panthers’ comment before Nathan Cleary breezed past some crisp counterclaim from Ben Hunt and Tyson Frizell to measure next.
The Mountain Men scarcely skipped serve brazen though James Fisher-Harris’s offload to Viliame Kikau was ruled forward.
Dufty takes an prevent and runs 90 metres
With a heat above 30 degrees during Kogarah, a teams and compare officials were afforded a drinks mangle during a 20-minute symbol though a postponement did small to relieve a Panthers’ roll.
But usually as they looked set to measure when Isaah Yeo destitute a line, Dufty deftly snatched an offload and destroyed divided to put his group on a board.
Topped adult with confidence, a Red V showed renewed solve to repel a Penrith raid and afterwards bagged another four-pointer.
Winger Jordan Pereira was given a transparent run down a left touchline following a poetic pass by Corey Norman. Pereira related with a ancillary Brayden Wiliame, who collected his initial try as a Dragon.
St George Illawarra continued a overwhelming change in fortunes in a 36th notation after Penrith winger Josh Mansour gambled on an offload in his possess finish and lost.
Tim Lafai swooped on a erring round and shovelled it on for Zac Lomax to cranky on a right corner before slotting a goal.
A fantastic diving bid from Pereira was disallowed on a cadence of half-time due to Wiliame’s brazen pass.
Cleary slices by on a left
Dufty roughly paid a cost for being really infrequent as Panthers centre Brent Naden zoomed towards a well-weighted Jarome Luai kick, usually for a Saints No.1 to foot a Steeden passed during a final second.
However, Naden wouldn’t be denied moments after from another flog – this time a Cleary grubber – and a halfback’s acclimatisation put a Panthers behind in front.
Dufty went over from close-range to palm a advantage to St George Illawarra before Corey Norman etched his name on a scoreboard when he pounced on a Hunt kick.
But Kikau barged opposite from a Josh Mansour offload and Crichton stepped adult to safeguard a Dragons remained winless to start 2020.
The outcome combined to a special night for Panthers halfback Cleary, who leapfrogged Preston Campbell (613) into fourth on a club’s all-time point-scoring list.