The Panthers’ Te Mare Martin chases down Nathan Ross to deny long range try
The bounce of the ball just didn’t go Newcastle’s way against the Panthers at Pepper Stadium.
The Knights tried hard but were totally outclassed by a faster, younger side who were ruthless in their attempts to keep the Novocastrians scoreless in the 40-point drubbing.
Nothing typified Penrith’s stubborn attitude in defence more than a determined chase from Panthers’ five eighth Te Mare Martin late in the match.
With the win already secured, Penrith were in the mood to add to Newcastle’s pain when Panthers fullback Matt Moylan put in a grubber kick about 15 metres out from the try line.
The kick had just enough power on it to stay in the in-goal area when it was picked up by Newcastle winger Nathan Ross.
As defenders rained down on him, Ross used some nice footwork to power through some would be tacklers and carry the ball out of his own end.
To his surprise, Ross looked up and saw daylight as he sprinted up the field looking for his team’s solitary try.
The Knights’ winger thought he was in for all money as he passed the halfway line and ventured deeper into Panthers territory.
But he had no clue young Penrith playmaker Te Mare Martin was hot on his heels as he got closer to the try-line.
Unfortunately for Ross, Martin put his head down and was gaining speed the longer the chase went on.
The 21-year-old chased down Ross like a Cheetah hunting dinner and eventually got hold of him around the 20-metre line.
Ross ended up losing possession of the ball after he tried to play it too quickly without realising a teammate wasn’t at dummy-half.
The Panthers regained possession denying the Knights’ an opportunity to bring some element of respectability to the score line.
It’s moments like these that tell you a lot about a football team and Penrith showed the discipline and determination to keep a clean sheet when they had already wrapped the match up.