The Penrith Panthers had a cheeky response to the mounting criticism surrounding their on-field behaviour.
The Penrith Panthers tonight unveiled a new try celebration during their win over the Brisbane Broncos after a number of players found themselves on the wrong end of mounting criticism surrounding the club’s on-field behaviour.
In the lead-up to tonight’s game, the behaviour of Penrith’s stars was put under the spotlight following Stephen Crichton’s contrary conduct charge for his role in a minor scuffle during last week’s win over Canberra, which occurred during a Penrith try celebration.
Crichton landed himself in trouble for pulling Canberra’s Joseph Tapine into his celebration before tensions boiled over.
During tonight’s 20-12 win over Brisbane, a simple handshake was the only action Panthers players seemed interested in partaking in after they were labelled arrogant by the Raiders for their on-field behaviour.
“It’s going good [the new try celebrations],” Crichton told Nine after the match.
“Copped some hate about that, but I guess that’s footy.”
Penrith tonight were tested for most of the match and even trailed in the second half before star halfback Nathan Cleary stepped up to steer his side to an eight-point victory at Suncorp Stadium.
With scores locked at 12-12 with just over five minutes remaining, Cleary slotted a two-point field goal to give his side the lead before crossing over for the match-sealing try in the 78th minute.
Cleary’s halves partner Jarome Luai took advantage of some tired Broncos forwards when he broke through the defensive line to produce the important try assist as his fellow playmaker crashed over the line to finish off the match.
“I thought they played really well, they came through the middle well and it was a shock for us,” Cleary said.
“Credit to the Broncos, they were great tonight.”
Cleary also admitted he initially thought his field goal would fall short.
“It just snuck over,” he added.
“I ended up in a spot where there wasn’t really much pressure.
“I had a look-up and thought I would give it a crack. When I hit it, I thought it was going short.”
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