SYDNEY ROOSTERS 42 (B Cordner 2 J Friend A Guerra J Maloney R Tuivasa-Sheck D Tupou tries J Maloney 7 goals) bt PENRITH 6 (D Simmons try L Walsh goal) at Centrebet Stadium. Referees: Shayne Hayne, Jason Robinson. Crowd: 11,879.
79 min: The Roosters finish with a bang as Cordner backs up a Maloney break and scores his second try. Maloney finishes with a perfect record with the boot and the Roosters record their biggest ever win against the Panthers, eclipsing a 36-2 victory in 1973. ROOSTERS 42-6.
76 min: Panthers go so close to scoring a consolation try but Kevin Kingston's pass to Segeyaro is knocked on. Good scrambling defence by the visitors too.
71 min: Maloney busts the Panthers' line again but his pass is knocked back by the Panthers and knocked on by Kennings, who would have loved a try against his old team at his old ground.
65 min: NO TRY. Nothing going Penrith's way. Video refs confirm Hayne's no-try ruling against Moylan, who knocked on chasing a kick.
59 min: Wow. Brilliant footwork from winger Roger Tuivasa to score the Roosters' sixth try, stepping Moylan with ease on a narrow blindside. Nice lead-up work by Pearce and Shaun Kenny-Dowall too. Maloney converts. ROOSTERS 36-6.
54 min: The scoreline is getting ugly now for the Panthers as Maloney fends off Walsh to score. The Roosters' backs are having a field day in the second half but their forwards are the ones laying a tremendous platform. Maloney converts his own try. ROOSTERS 30-6.
50 min: The Roosters have a firm grip on the match now, Aidan Guerra running off a superb ball from Maloney. Both Roosters halves are having a great night. Maloney makes it four from four. ROOSTERS 24-6.
Meanwhile, more bad news for the Panthers - forwards Sika Manu and Adam Docker both have broken hands. Panthers down to 15 men for the rest of the match.
45 min: NO TRY! The video refs overrule referee Jason Robinson call of a try to Simmons, ruling he knocked on just before the line chasing a Dean Whare kick. What a great hitback that would have been for the Panthers.
42 min: An error from James Segeyaro hands the Roosters an early chance, and they take it with both hands. Mitchell Pearce and Boyd Cordner combine wonderfully yet again, Bordner scoring his eighth try of the season. Maloney adds the extras. ROOSTERS 18-6.
Here's the pick of the pics from the first half from our man out at Centrebet, Anthony Johnson.
Black magic: Penrith winger David Simmons goes over in the corner for the game's first try. Photo: Anthony Johnson
Michael Carayannis at Centrebet Stadium has his say about the first half ...
"Penrith were quick out of the blocks and produced a start to the game that indicated they would put up a fight against the second-placed Roosters. However some soft penalties and mistakes invited the tri-colours back into the contest, and they've controlled the tempo of the game ever since. At 12-6 Penrith aren't out of this game, but they can't afford to give the Chooks as much ball as they did in the opening half."
What about Moylan pick up? That is class. — Andrew Webster (@awebstar1) August 2, 2013
40 min: Thrilling end to the half-time, Matt Moylan bursting onto a kick near his line and looking certain to score before being run down by former schoolboy sprinting star Tupou about 30m out from the Roosters' line. ROOSTERS 12-6.
38 min: Penrith penalty. Chance for the Panthers to hit back with half-time approaching.
32 min: TRY! Jake Friend crashes over from dummy half to give the Roosters the lead for the first time. What a year he is having. Maloney converts. ROOSTERS 12-6.
30 min: Third successive set of six on the Panthers' try-line. Tremendous defence by the home side.
24 min: Superb wing play by Simmons to shepherd a kick over the dead-ball line. Promising start by the Panthers. Prop Tim Grant is having a great battle with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.
21 min: Roosters again try the cut-out pass again to Tupou attacking the Panthers' line but Penrith's defence is up to the challenge.
19 min: Superb take of a bomb under pressure by Anthony Minichiello. The veteran has been in terrific form during the past month.
13 min: After sustained pressure, the Roosters hit back with a try to winger Daniel Tupou, the recipient of a superb face ball from James Maloney that cut out Michael Jennings. Maloney raises the flags from the sideline. 6-6.
7 min: No joy this time for the Panthers, though, knocking on a bomb on the last tackle.
5 min: Panthers are on a bit of roll, getting a penalty - their second of the game - from their next set after the try.
3 min: TRY! Penrith open the scoring with a nicely worked four-pointer to the Panthers' leading tryscorer David Simmons, his 16th of the season. Not sure whether Simmons' opposing winger Daniel Tupou needed to come off his flank there but beautiful hands by the Panthers' backs. Luke Walsh converts from the sideline. PANTHERS 6-0.
A minute's silence is being observed for the late Graham Murray, who passed away aged 58 this week. Murray coached both of these clubs, winning a reserve grade premiership with the Panthers in 1987 and taking the Roosters to their first grand final in 20 years in 2000. Vale Muzza.
Penrith run out to the strains of AC/DC's Hells Bells. If that classic tune doesn't pump them up, nothing will.
Good evening all, welcome to our live call of tonight's match, a particularly crucial one for Penrith's finals hopes. Winger James Roberts is a late withdrawal from the Panthers line-up because of injury. His replacement is Josh Mansour. By the way, that garlic bread I had for dinner was delicious; hopefully the match is just as enjoyable!
Out at #theRIFF warming up with the panthers. Throw it to me mate! #roosters! @joshualalor http://t.co/qCyggZKDkH — Trent Copeland (@copes9) August 2, 2013
Centrebet Stadium, Penrith, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 8 2013 - Roosters 30 bt Panthers 6 at Allianz Stadium
Head-to-head: Panthers 30 Roosters 49 drawn 1
Referees: Shayne Hayne, Jason Robinson
TV: Channel 9 (live in Sydney, delay in Brisbane 9.30pm)
TAB: Panthers $5.15 Roosters $1.17 Draw $34
FootyTab: Panthers +12.5
Phil Mitchell writes: Penrith’s bubble is at bursting point as Friday night footy goes to the foot of the mountains for the first time this season. Successive thumpings by Cronulla and Newcastle have rocked the Panthers’ top-eight hopes, leaving them needing to win at least four of the remaining six matches to jag a surprise finals berth. Ivan Cleary’s men have a tough road ahead, including trips to Mount Smart Stadium and Brookvale Oval, so a win here would do wonders for their confidence. But that will be a tall order against a Roosters side on a five-match winning streak and whose last away loss was four months ago. Even without the suspended Sonny Bill Williams, the visitors should have too much class for the Panthers.
Phil's tip: Roosters by 14
AAP writes: Even sans suspended superstar Sonny Bill Williams, everything points to the Roosters continuing on their merry way to temporarily at least leapfrogging Souths to go top of the league. The Roosters have won five straight and conceded just 12 points in their past three matches, while the Panthers have dropped out of the eight with back-to-back defeats and another loss could leave them perilously placed four points adrift of the finals zone. Mitch Aubusson comes into the back row in place of Williams.
Key: Mitchell Pearce’s left-side combination with hard-running back-rower Boyd Coydner is proving deadly for the Roosters and the Panthers must nullify the State of Origin duo to have any hope.
PANTHERS: Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Lewis Brown, Dean Whare, David Simmons, Isaac John, Luke Walsh, Jeremy Latimore, Kevin Kingston (capt), Tim Grant, Clint Newton, Sika Manu, Adam Docker. Interchange: James Segeyaro, Cameron Ciraldo, Mose Masoe, Ryan Simpkins, Josh Mansour.
ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello (capt), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Luke O’Donnell, Boyd Cordner, Mitchell Aubusson, Frank-Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Aidan Guerra, Sam Moa, Isaac Liu.