Judging from the deadest capitulation from the Knights on Friday night, the promising signs of early 2017 are already a distant memory.
Nowhere was this more evident than in the 63rd minute when, with Penrith leading 34-0, Nathan Ross picked up a grubber from his in-goal and carved through half of his own team and a scattering of Penrith players to make a break and get brought down just before Penrith’s 20 metre line by a hybrid of Usain Bolt and the T1000 wearing a Te Maire Martin costume.
Considering TMM held down Ross to let his Panthers teammates form some semblance of a defensive line, and the fact that Ross had to run past several of his teammates, you’d assume someone would be there to be dummy half.
Ross played the ball. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak patiently waited at marker because he’s a gentleman and yet still no Newcastle player was there to pick up the ball.
Ross Dog looked filthy with his teammates – as he well should.
Being rinsed 40-0 and possibly being stripped of the White Lightning nickname surely won’t help his mood.