Rugby League

Live: Raiders v Panthers

That's all from me. Keep a look out later today for Fairfax Media's live coverage of the Sharks clash with the Titans from 6.30pm.

Fulltime: A perfect start for the Panthers, a dismal day for the Raiders - Penrith running away with the game 32-10 over a disappointing Canberra outfit. The Panthers controlled the second half and never gave the Raiders a sniff, terrific effort for Ivan Cleary's new-look side. David Furner has a lot of work to do with the Raiders before next week's trip to the Gold Coast.

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As my colleague exclaims, ''the Plum dog''! You know it's your day when Nigel Plum gets across the stripe. It'll be a big night at the foot of the mountains as the Panthers romp to victory. Panthers 30, Raiders 10 KTC

Into junk time now, the Raiders letting a dangerous high ball hit the turf and are lucky to recover a couple of metres out. Disappointing first-up effort from the Green Machine. Very underwhelming.

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Walsh converts and the Panthers are cruising to the finish line. Ivan Cleary will be stoked with this performance, especially of his new recruits. Panthers 26; Raiders 10

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Game, set match for the Penrith Panthers as Nathan Smith finishes off a great move. Mansour recovers a clever Coote grubber kick, jinks inside and finds a waiting Smith to waltz over the line. A deserved victory for the Panthers. Panthers 24; Raiders 10 KTC

Wrong call from Sandor Earl to go down the blindside on the last tackle a few metres out. The Raiders winger is forced over touch and the chance goes begging. Only six minutes left.

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Strange call from the Panthers to take the shot at goal. Would've been the fourth set in a row against a tired Raiders defensive line. Walsh extends the gap to 10 points, 12 minutes to go. Panthers 20; Raiders 10.

Raiders barely hanging out here, but they haven't surrended. Blake Ferguson knocks the ball over the dead ball line in desperation to prevent another Panthers try. Yet another penalty gives the Panthers a fresh set of six.

Sandor Earl's mixed day continues at his old club, the Raiders winger bundled over the sideline after catching a cross-field kick a couple metres out from his own line. The Raiders remain squarely under the pump.

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How did Luke Walsh not score? Fantastic late tackle from McIlwrick to stop the Panthers halfback, but the Raiders knock a pass down a couple of tackles later to keep the pressure on.

How good has Dean Whare been? Showed a bit of promise at Manly, but will be an absolute steal in fantasy football teams going on today's performance. Looks at lock for the Panthers' No 1 jersey for the rest of the season.

Whare gives Sam Williams the old don't argue to give Josh Mansour an extra 10m up the field. The skills haven't always been the sharpest, but no shortage of big hits from both sides.

Croker misses the conversion and the Raiders are still two scores adrift of the Panthers. Panthers 18; Raiders 10

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What control from Blake Ferguson to put the Raiders back in the game! Sensational pick-up from the representative centre, juggles the ball and tip toes down the touchline to score in the corner. To see they needed that would be a massive understatement. Panthers 18; Raiders 10

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A close call for the Panthers, David Simmons knocks the ball over the dead-ball line to deny Joel Thompson. Well-weighted grubber kick from Sam Williams.

Dugan safe as houses under the high ball. Superb take as the defenders rush into him. The Raiders desperately need a good set to get themselves some valuable field position.

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Panthers on the verge of running away with this. They've got all the possession and have forced the Raiders into a heap of defence. Walsh converts. Panthers 18; Raiders 6

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The Panthers extend their lead as Coote wins the race to a clever Luke Walsh grubber. We're going upstairs to have a look at it. McCrone had a go at it, but couldn't hold on to the ball, allowing Coote to follow through and get the chocolates. Panthers 16; Raiders 6 KTC

Terrible recognition from Matt McIlwrick to have no idea it was the fifth tackle. Turns the ball over 40m out from his own line, Panthers on the attack yet again.

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