Cutters Downed By Panthers
The Illawarra Cutters were defeated 42-6 by the Penrith Panthers in their NSW Cup Finals fixture at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
The Panthers, who were crowned Minor Premiers, took an early lead through Tom Humble who scored the first of his three tries in the sixth minute.
Wes Naiquama converted to make it 6-0.
The Panthers applied a further three unanswered tries on the Cutters to end the first stanza with a 22-0 lead.
The Panthers notched their first through Eto Nabuli in the 13th minute before Waqa Blake followed suit shortly thereafter.
The Panthers ended the first-half romp through Luke Capewell on the cusp of the interval.
Naiquama converted two of his three goal attempts.
The Cutters defence was subsequently breached further when play resumed with both Blake and Nabuli notching their respective doubles of the game.
Not to be outdone, Humble banked a further two tries to round-off his trifecta which included an 80-metre intercept try late in the match.
Naqaima converted two of his four attempts to make it 42-0.
However, the Cutters managed a consolatory try through fullback Adam Quinlan in the 80th minute.
Cutters five-eighth Sam Duggan converted to make it 42-6.
Fortunately, the loss does not end the Cutters season due to them placing fourth during the regular competition season.
The Cutters will play the New Zealand Warriors at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
Illawarra Cutters: 6. Tries: Quinlan. Goal: Duggan (1/1).
Penrith Panthers: 42. Tries: Humble (3), Nabuli (2), Blake (2), Capewell. Goals: Naiqama (5/8).