Penrith’s returning Origin stars have orchestrated a 42-6 demolition of the Knights, while the Warriors and Tigers lost their first games under new management.
Stacey Jones’s first game in charge of the Warriors was the sort of inconsistent performance we have come to expect from the Redcliffe-based side, losing 38-16 to the Sharks; while Brett Kimmorley’s first outing as Tigers coach was not made easier by Brent Naden being sent off for a lifting tackle on the Sea Eagles’ Jake Trbojevic. The Tigers lost 30-4 to Manly.
But as those sides’ struggles continued, Penrith showed them what an elite top-flight NRL side looks like.
State of Origin coaches Brad Fittler and Billy Slater will be in very different moods after their 36-point win…