NRL 2021: Penrith Panthers maul Canberra Raiders to remain undefeated

  • 10/04/2021

Penrith Panthers have put a stamp on their NRL Premiership credentials with a comprehensive win over Canberra Raiders in Sydney.

Led by a virtuoso performance from half Jarome Luai, the Panthers ran in five tries to two in an emphatic 30-10 victory over last year's beaten finalists.

Young flyer Charlie Staines bagged a double on the right wing, while Brian To'o was as powerful on the left as James Fisher-Harris was in the middle.

Nathan Cleary then put the icing on the cake with a 70-metre intercept, after a Jarrod Croker four-pointer midway through the second half gave the Raiders faint hope.

Cleary's try capped a rough night for the Raiders, who lost hooker Josh Hodgson to a hip injury and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad to concussion from a Viliame Kikau high shot.

The win secures the best-ever start to an NRL campaign for the Panthers, who remain undefeated at the top of the NRL ladder through the opening five rounds.