Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has apologised to Raiders followers after his facet was belted in an “unacceptable” 53-12 whitewash towards Penrith on Friday night time.
His Raiders have been within the sport down simply 13-6 at halftime however have been obliterated within the second, copping seven tries because the Panthers flexed their premiership muscle and left the Raiders in turmoil at 1-4 for the season.
Doubles for winger Sunia Turuva and centre Izack Tago together with some Nathan Cleary magic ensured the Panthers have been all the time in command at GIO Stadium, Penrith scoring for enjoyable late because the Raiders collapsed defensively.
Stuart refused to stipulate what had gone incorrect for his facet however admitted it was “unacceptable”, including they deserved the criticism that will come their approach.
“I am certain a whole lot of followers and folks on the market wish to know precisely what I am considering nevertheless it’s higher we hold it in home and work on it,” he mentioned.
“I am disenchanted for all our followers, it will be a troublesome week for us all to get by means of that.
“I can (put it right down to one thing) and that is what we spoke about. I am not making an attempt to be disrespectful in my solutions, however a few of that’s finest to be left within the rooms.
“We’ll make some choices with regard to how we repair it.”
Captain Elliott Whitehead was simply as scathing, lashing his staff’s effort ranges within the second-half onslaught.
“The second half simply wasn’t adequate, we simply did not need to flip up for one another and defend,” he mentioned.
“It was fairly embarrassing for us to be within the sport at halftime and be blown away like that within the second half.”
Penrith acquired doubles from Sunia Turuva and Izack Tago, however two unlikely try-scorers drew the most important celebrations on an evening the place every thing went proper for the Panthers.
Hooker Tyrone Peachey crossed for a attempt in his first sport again on the membership after 5 years away, whereas second-rower Jaeman Salmon scored late in his first sport in Canberra since Raiders coach Stuart labelled him a “weak-gutted canine” final season.
Canberra dominated first-half territory however seemed one-dimensional on the Panthers’ line, counting on crash balls and struggling to search out avenues to the in-goal out extensive.
However after wanting up for the battle early – and discovering a attempt by means of Whitehead after a intelligent Zac Woolford kick – their heads dropped in a second-half whitewash that included three tries within the first 13 minutes.
It was simply the Panthers’ most full efficiency of the season, squaring the ledger at 2-2 with each their losses coming by a single level.
“As soon as we might get a little bit of circulation and hold the ball, the second half simply every thing went our approach,” Penrith coach Ivan Cleary mentioned.
“It was good to get a little bit of rhythm and rating some factors.
“These guys have been working very onerous for a very long time and it is simply good to see them have some enjoyable on the market.”
Canberra miss suspended Wighton once more subsequent week versus Brisbane and there will be little respite on the harm entrance, with none of Savage, winger Nick Cotric or hooker Danny Levi due again.
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