The Roosters were clinical in the second half, scoring three tries to seal a 30-6 win.
79th min: A handling error by the Panthers ten metres from their goal line gives the Roosters one final raid on their try line.
77th min: Walsh displays the diversity of his kicking game with a cheeky chip over the Roosters line. One of Penrith's chasers looked to have been taken out and they were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty.
75th min: Video ref. Matthew Robinson looked to have crossed the line and while he's appealing for a try, he doesn't look confident. Replays show why as he was held up by the Roosters defence. NO TRY.
73rd min: Mayham. Luke Walsh kicks for the Panthers on the last and after what appears to be a number of knock-ons, a few players tackled without the ball and more scrambled kicks, the Panthers are awarded a penalty.
71st min: Wearea-Hargraves is replaced and receives a roaring reception from his fans after his role in that last try. Maloney adds the extras and the Roosters lead by 24 points.
TRY: 70th min: Pearce scores beneath the posts after Jared Waerea-Hargraves swivels away from his tackler and offloads to his halfback.
67th min: Penrith are fighting back and testing the Roosters defence on their own line. Sika Manu, Mose Masoe and James Segeyaro all come close by trying to barge through but the Roosters hold firm to deny the Panthers.
65th min: Maloney converts again and the Roosters move to a commanding 24-6 lead.
63rd min: Jennings haunts his former club again tonight but it's the Panthers defence that is bearing the blushes. A lofty kick by Maloney appears to sail over the sideline but fortuitously bounced back into play. Penrith fullback Matt Moylan didn't move and Jennings latched onto the ball to score one of the easiest four pointers of his career.
62nd min: Robinson appeared to have passed the ball from the ground after tackled. The Roosters are calling for a penalty but the referee calls the Panthers back to replay the ball.
60th min: The metres are stacking up for the Roosters who gain nearly 70 metres in one set of six. A sloppy pass on the last tackle lets them down but there are worrying signs for the Panthers. They are struggling to contain the Roosters who bring themselves to within good field position.
Ex-Panther Michael Jennings gets a rugged welcome by his ex-teammates. Photo: Getty Images
58th min: The Panthers would be happy that the Roosters opted for two points instead of a set of six inside 30-metres. Perhaps the Roosters watched today's other two games which were decided by just one point.
56th min: The Roosters are awarded a penalty 28 metres out after the Panthers were too slow in the tackle. They point towards the sticks and Maloney extends their lead to 12 points. Roosters 18 Penrith 6.
52nd min: That try came about after a classy sweeping play by Maloney on the back of his 40/20. The Roosters five-eighth puts the icing on the cake with a successful conversion from the sideline. Laurie Daley, take note.
51st min: It just had to be Jennings. The former Panther scores against his club after the Roosters exploited a two-man overlap on the left side.
49th min: 40/20! James Maloney kicks from an inch behind the 40-metre line and finds touch ten metres from the try line.
48th min: Panthers attack amounts to nothing. A poor kick surrenders their spell of possession. Roosters lead 10-6.
47th min: Shaun Kenny-Dowell must not have realised it was the last tackle as he ran from dummy-half and was comfortably tackled by his marker. The Roosters woes are compounded as they give away another senseless penalty to give the Panthers another set deep inside their half.
45th min: Segeyaro looks to have knocked on when playing the ball but the touchline official intervenes before the referee can award a scrum to the Roosters after sighting the tackler's hand on the ball. Panthers have a set of six inside the Roosters 30 metres.
Another Sonny Bill Williams special: SBW offloads in the tackle. Photo: Getty Images
42nd min: Maloney bursts through the middle of the park and finds Jennings on the run with a cut-out pass. The former Panthers centres plays Tupou into space on the wing but Dean Whare covers a lot of ground to tackle Tupou into touch.
41st min: Maloney resumes the game as the Roosters crow is bellowed over the sound system here at the Footy Stadium.
This Moylan from Penrith is the real deal. #nrlsydpen — SSJ Ryan (@DimorphicAU) May 5, 2013
Roosters prop Sam Moa remained on the field during the break to undergo fitness tests. He was struggling to run at any pace without a limp and his heavily strapped knee suggests that he's unlikely to return to the field in the second half.
39th min: Panthers break through the Roosters with a simple offload to James Segeyaro who looks good for pace. Though, he is caught in two minds whether to run or pass inside and instead loses the ball.
37th min: Roosters are sluggish in their response to Penrith's kicking game and Minichiello's poor positioning is nearly punished by being caught in-goal. He scrambles back into play and receives a fortuitous penalty.
Further replays and further evidence SBW's try was a double movement. #nrlsydpen — QLDPanthers.com (@QldPanthers) May 5, 2013
34th min: SBW gives the fans something to cheer about. He charges through three tacklers who fail to halt his stride, Moylan joins the tacklers to bring down the massive Kiwi but SBW finds the line with an outstretched arm. Maloney misses the kick. Roosters lead 10-6.
33rd min: An uninventive set of six ends for the Roosters deep inside Penrith's half proves rewarded after an aimless pass was knocked down by Penrith, giving the Roosters six again.
31st min: The momentum is shifting towards Penrith and their finding good metres through the centre of the park. Another Luke Walsh high-ball tests the Roosters backs but Tuivasa-Sheck comfortably defuses the bomb.
@penrithpanthersIs that Rhys Lightening dropping the ball again in the 16 jumper #canttellthemapart #nrlsydpen — Anton Thomas (@Anton_Thomas) May 5, 2013
27th min: The Roosters break down the right flank and Tuivasa-Sheck somehow manages to stay in the field of play and offload to Williams. They continue their assault down the right-side from the following play and Tuivasa-Sheck puts Minichiello through the gap to score. Though, his pass was deemed forward. A let-off for Penrith.
24th min: Moylan is growing in confidence as the game goes on and he shows his ability as a playmaker with a calm grubber that forces a drop-out.
22nd min: Walsh maintains his accuracy off the boot with a delicate kick placed between the Roosters fullback and winger. Minichiello eventually covers but is tackled in-goal by Moylan.
21st min: Moylan shows a sign of his inexperience with a near-hospital pass across his tryline to Lewis Brown. The Penrith centre thinks quick to avoid a possible interception.
19th min: SBW gives Humble a firm shove and the Penrith five-eighth exchanges a barb with the big Kiwi, perhaps not the smartest move against a man who's comfortable in the ring. Roosters 6-6 Penrith.
I'd be happy if I had legs that looked like Craig Fitzgibbon's. #nrlsydpen #nrl — Fiona Bollen (@FiCerbo) May 5, 2013
18th min: The Roosters might not have notched up many metres gained in the last set, but that's only because they won't be measured from going side to side. The Roosters moved across either side of the flanks three times that set of six but the Panthers hold their line.
15th min: Tim Grant is wrapped around the chin inside the ten metre mark and Penrith are fuming that they weren't awarded a penalty. Replays show they have good reason to complain.
14th min: That try has rattled the Roosters. A sloppy play the ball by Tuivasa-Sheck on the 5th tackle gives the Panthers a scrum 35 metres out in the centre of the field.
12th min: An easy conversion by Walsh draws the Panthers level at 6-6 as Sika Manu heads up the tunnel for the Panthers.
10th min: The Panthers have their first attack of the game but they fail to test the roosters with their backs while inside the 20. An aimless cross-field bomb by Luke Walsh catches Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello napping and a fumble allows Moylan to score. Roosters 6-4 KTC.
Sam Moa coming off injured...... :'( NOO he's been one of our best under-the-radar forwards this year #nrlsydpen — Matty Bean Jennings (@MightyRoosters) May 5, 2013
7th min: Pearce may be the incumbent Origin halfback and the favourite to retain his spot in the Blues side but he's playing like it's really on the line. He is showing a greater variety in his range of kicking that's causing early problems for the Panthers.
4th min: The Panthers are gifting away possession and territory early on with a number of penalties as they encroach the ten from the play the ball. Sloppy defence, no marker and more holes than a strainer allows Roosters hooker Friend to cross the line next to the upright. The kick is good and Roosters lead 6-0.
2nd min: An early penalty gives the Roosters good field position early on. Mitchell Pearce spots an opening on the left and places a short grubber into the in-goal area. The chase isn't strong, but it's enough to force a drop out.
We're underway here at Allianz Stadium. Panthers impressive debutant of last week, Matt Moylan, begins proceedings by kicking off.
There's been a late change for the Panthers with Mose Masoe given the nod ahead of Nigel Plum to replace the injured Sam McKendry. Masoe will start wearing jersey number 15.
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Sunday 3pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Penrith 28 Sydney Roosters 16 at Centrebet Stadium, Round 20, 2012
Head-to-head: Roosters 48 Panthers 30 Draw 1
Referees: Jared Maxwell, Luke Phillips
TV: Channel 9 (delay, 4pm)
TAB Sportsbet: Roosters $1.12 Sharks $6.50
FootyTab: Panthers +15.5
Phil Mitchell writes: The Roosters have enjoyed the luxury of an 10-day turnaround for this match after disposing of St George Illawarra on Anzac Day. A number of their stars, including Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner and Mitchell Pearce, are carrying injuries and the extended break would have done them the world of good. Penrith, on the other hand, have only six days to prepare for the Roosters after slaying Parramatta on Monday night, despite fielding a second-string side.
The Panthers rolled the Roosters 18-0 in the corresponding match last season but both sides have since undergone significant personnel changes. The addition of Williams, James Maloney and Jennings, who scored two tries for the Panthers that day, has energised the tricolours and they should be untroubled on Sunday.
Phil's tip: Roosters by 18
AAP writes: Penrith will have gained plenty of confidence from their thrashing of Parramatta on Monday night but the Roosters will have to be down on their game for the Panthers to get away with this one. Michael Jennings plays his first game against his former club since his acrimonious departure and he will be primed for a big performance.
The Roosters big guns including Sonny Bill Williams and James Maloney all look to be finding their feet under new coach Trent Robinson and a few moments of brilliance could find this match in favour of the home side.
Key: Michael Jennings. Is hitting top form just in time to face his former club.
ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello (capt), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Mitchell Aubusson, Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Martin Kennedy, Aidan Guerra, Luke O'Donnell.
PANTHERS: Matt Moylan, Travis Robinson, Lewis Brown, Dean Whare, David Simmons, Tom Humble, Luke Walsh, TBA, Kevin Kingston (capt), Tim Grant, Sika Manu, Matthew Robinson, Nigel Plum. Interchange: Adam Docker, Mose Masoe, James Segeyaro, Clint Newton, Nathan Smith (one to be omitted).