In 2015’s beaten NRL grand finalists had their issues intensified by injuries to Javid Bowen and Jordan McLean.
James Maloney was the designer of Penrith’s win, with a shot and 17 points with the boot, which was an increase for the visitors, who had actually seen playmaker and chief goalkicker Nathan Cleary sidelined by a knee ligament pressure.
The very first of 4 charge objectives from Maloney put them ahead inside 5 minutes, and they took control with 2 shots in the opening quarter of the match.
Maloney captured the outdoors protectors out as he sent out Viliame Kikau over. After a series of play that saw the ball bounce off 2 sets of feet, Maloney dived over and transformed his own shot to make it 14-0.
The visitors’ indiscipline cost them as James Tamou was sin-binned and while they were a male down Kyle Feldt dived over the line near the edge for the Cowboys’ very first shot.
3 charge objectives in a row from Maloney offered Penrith a 16-point benefit early in the 2nd half.
The Cowboys cut the deficit with an Antonio Winterstein attempt in the corner, however within 4 minutes Maloney’s best kick for centre Waqa Blake saw the visitors cross once again.
With 8 minutes left, Michael Morgan’s pass provided Feldt the opportunity to get his 2nd shot of the night and Johnathan Thurston’s conversion got them back to within 12 points.
The Panthers had the last word, Maloney kicking a basket and after that Moses Leota scoring an easy shot.