Penrith burn Raiders 34-16

Former Canberra flyer Adrian Purtell came back to burn his old club, bagging a length of the field intercept try to leave the Raiders gasping for air at CUA Stadium.

The home side winning 34-16 in an impressive showing.

While their star forward Trent Waterhouse was missing, the Panthers looked their old-selves from 2003 – with some dynamic attack leaving their fans excited about 2010.

It was all Penrith in the first half, with Luke Walsh playing a beautiful role behind his surging forwards. Walsh didn’t overplay his hand, but took control when needed – while new buy Travis Burns had a mixed night.

Kevin Kingston looked to slot neatly into the Panthers side, his service from dummy half ideal for his side and the former Eel bagged himself a try in his first outing at Penrith.

Lachlan Coote also had a happy return to the custodian position, scoring a double and looking very good tonight.

The second half showed what the Raiders could do, with some possession and field position – they took their chances and made a match of it.

Campese orchestrating nicely to get his side in the frame.

Scott Logan was a standout for the Raiders, scoring himself in the 2nd term and passionately throwing himself into his hitups, with good metres on several occasions.

But while Canberra had a sniff, they had let too much traffic through in the first half.

Canberra coach David Furner lamented that woeful first half.

“I thought our second half, especially that first 20 minutes, was what we’d planned to do in our first half,” he said.

Canberra forward Josh Miller suffered a shoulder injury and will have scans on Monday.

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