Penrith Panthers runs along Gold Coast to extend the winning streak

Penrith Panthers runs along Gold Coast to extend the winning streak

A reviving Penrith moved to the NRL top eight for the first time this season after closing Gold Coast 24-2 on Friday night.

Two nights after he sent NSW to a famous State of Origin triumph, veteran James Maloney had a backup to lead the Panthers to a sixth consecutive victory.

The Blues playmaker launched two attempts for Brian To & # 39; o, who impressed the 10,337 home crowd with his acrobatics in the corner.

Maloney was helped by the electric halving partner Jarome Luai, who also supplied two on a scale for fullback Dylan Edwards in a dominant version.

Penrith takes the win over the Wests Tigers and Cronulla, who still have to play this weekend, to eighth place.

It also seems to place another nail in the coffin of the Titans coach, Garth Brennan, whose side was hardly a threat to the Panthers' defense.

With star halfback Ash Taylor still sidelined on personal leave, Gold Coast shouted for a playmaker to send the team when the game was in trouble.

At one point in the second half, propeller Jarrod Wallace sent a full bomb.

Moments later, Luai, with his 12-point team, transferred Edwards to finish his brace in the 71st minute and close the win.

Maloney matches Luai by assisting on another antenna. Try it soon afterwards.

To make matters worse for the Titans, half-back Ryley Jacks did not finish the game due to a problem with the rib cartilage, opening the door for Taylor & # 39; s possible return.

Center Dale Copley also missed most of the competition after being concussed.

At first, Penrith had little to show for an impressive 20-minute opening, when both teams achieved penalty goals.

Only when Luai opened the game in the 29th minute with some individual magic did he touch the ball three times in one game for Edwards' opener.

Gold Coast got into an answer late in the half, but Maloney's quick dropout cleared the way for him to make To & # 39; o & # 39; s first attempt.

The competition also marked the debut of second rower Jed Cartwright, son of the panthers legend and Titans foundation coach, John.

In more good news for the Penrith fans, rookie Brent Naden was rewarded for his impressive start to his career with a two-year extension before the game.


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