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.
â€œI thought our second half, especially that first 20 minutes, was what we’d planned to do in our first half,â€ he said.
Canberra forward Josh Miller suffered a shoulder injury and will have scans on Monday.