Cleary stars as Penrith exist Dragons in stirring tryfest

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.


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