The Penrith Panthers have absolutely shellshocked Cronulla Sharks early in their Saturday afternoon clash, scoring 26-points inside 26-minutes at Jubilee Stadium.
It’s been one-way traffic in favour of Ivan Cleary’s men, who have enforced their will over John Morris’ troop, and the Mountain Men have reaped the rewards of their efforts.
Brent Naden was the first man to skip across, capitalising off a crucial turnover from Nene Macdonald on his long-awaited NRL return.
Moments late, Liam Martin cruised over after crafty hooker Api Koroisau bamboozled the Sharks defence with a simple dummy pass.
“They’re keeping pace with the clock,” said Fox Sports commentator Warren Smith.
NRL great Braith Anasta added: “They are on fire the Panthers, they’re flying.”
2020 breakout try-scorer, Stephen Crichton turned on the jets to sneak in at the left corner by quarter time, before NRL debutant Charlie Staines stepped up for his first top-flight four-pointer of his career.
And when Dylan Edwards broke away thanks to some crafty work from Staines, the Panthers unbelievably made it 26-points inside 26-minutes.