Record falls as St George Illawarra Dragons kept scoreless.
The Penrith Panthers resurgence has continued after they put away a disappointing St George Illawarra side by 19 points at Kogarah Oval.
After their third successive victory the Panthers, who many had pegged for the wooden spoon this year, now sit inside the finals cut-off after 12 weeks of the season.
The game was the Panthers’ to lose in the second half after they crossed for third tries in the first 40 minutes with Travis Robinson, Matt Moylan and Dean Whare getting their name on the scoresheet.
After smashing the New Zealand Warriors by 56 points the weekend before, the Dragons looked a shadow of their former selves, with the completion rate in the first abysmal.
After after a half-time rev-up from coach Steve Price, the home side showed better intensity with new Dragon Josh Dugan nearly finishing off an excellent set play.
The Dragons then looked to have finally breached the Panthers’ line on the hour mark when Daniel Vidot hauled in a Nathan Fien kick to touch down.
However, the vast majority of the 10,922 crowd were left fuming after Vidot was adjudged to have knocked on by the video referee despite the try being awarded by on-field official Chris James.
The 19-0 loss for the Dragons, either at St George or as the now joint-venture with Illawarra, have been kept scoreless at the Kogarah Oval.
St George Illawarra will look to bounce back when they travel to take on the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium next week while the Panthers have their first bye of the season.