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Panthers defeat Minor Premiers to book Grand Final spot

Penrith Panthers have advanced to The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup Grand Final after defeating Minor Premiers Newtown Jets 28-18 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday 10 September.

Game Summary

Back to full strength, Penrith were forced into a dog fight against the Minor Premiers, as the Jets jumped on the front foot to reverse their two regular season defeats.

Warriors bound halfback Luke Metcalf dominated early and trapped Penrith in-goal with a clever grubber, but it was his goal-line restart in the 11th minute that he’d happily take back. After the Jets No.7 took more turf than ball, centre Robert Jennings scooped up the dregs and strolled through from 20m out for the opening try.

Newtown hit the front with a converted try to fullback Kade Dykes after a Kayal Iro bust in the 25th minute ended with Panther back-rower Preston Riki being sent to the sin bin.

With the bulk of the play, Newtown failed to increase the margin and paid the price when Sean O'Sullivan won the race to a Charlie Staines kick to put Penrith back in front.

In a back-and-forth classic, Iro muscled over to give the Jets a 12-10 advantage in the 35th minute, but it was Penrith who led 14-12 at the break when winger Sunia Turuva cruised onto a Staines long ball to score in the left corner.

It would prove to be pivotal, as Penrith jumped clear 24-12 after 50 minutes as both Jennings and Turuva crossed for a double with Turuva's coming after Kurt Falls and Staines combined to open the back field, capitalising on having an extra man after Dykes was sent to the sin bin.

Newtown then clawed their way back to within six points, after a well-weighted Thomas Hazelton short ball saw Vincent Rennie stroll over untouched.

With 25 minutes left to play, it would turn out to be the final try of the afternoon as a combination of resolute Penrith defence and Newtown errors sealed the Jets' fate.

Two further Kurt Falls penalty goals rounded out the scoring and earned the Panthers a welcomed week off.

Talking points 

In a Panthers side where O’Sullivan and Falls are recognised for calling the shots, this victory owed plenty to the silky brilliance of Charlie Staines. With Penrith’s first two try assists, the fullback’s crisp passing and selective kicking proved he’s much more than a speedy finisher.

Newtown created plenty of chances, but in the absence of suspended hooker Jayden Berrell, they at times lacked their usual attacking finesse from close range.

Key moment 

Newtown looked on track to take a two-point advantage to the break. Instead, they trailed by two. When they eventually found their rhythm 10 minutes after the resumption, it was too late, as Penrith had bolted clear 24-12. 

What’s next?

With their spot in the Grand Final now locked in, Penrith will watch with a keen eye as Newtown take on the winner of the Bears and Bulldogs in next Saturday’s Preliminary Final  at Leichhardt Oval.

Acknowledgement of Country

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