Roosters begin their charge towards the NRL finals.
The Sydney Roosters have confirmed their NRL premiership credentials with a convincing 32-12 win over fellow top-four contenders Penrith at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Following two losses, the reigning premiers led from start to finish on Saturday and rarely looked troubled.
For the Panthers, who had a short turnaround from a thrilling one-point win over Brisbane on Monday night, the emphatic defeat will nonetheless raise doubts about their bona fides against top sides.
This season they have defeated just two sides who went into round 19 inside the top eight and have a tough run into the finals.
In front of a fervent 13,993 strong crowd, Boyd Cordner was superb for the Roosters, running for 202 metres and crashing over for two tries.