NRL ScoreCentre: Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels scores, stats and results

Penrith’s premiership defence has continued with a comprehensive 36-6 win over Canberra, while Parramatta enjoyed a 39-2 thrashing of the Knights in Newcastle.

More to come.

Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders

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Play-by-play

Eels outclass Knights

Kalyn Ponga (left) reflects on the Knights’ loss to the Eels.(AAP: Darren Pateman)

Parramatta put on a clinic to condemn Newcastle to its worst loss at home under coach Adam O’Brien.

In the Eels’ most dominant display of the year, hooker Reed Mahoney had a field day, while Dylan Brown starred playing at left centre.

Shaun Lane joined him as the Eels ran riot down the left edge, while Isaiah Papali’i also bagged a double on the right.

In a horror day for the hosts, Newcastle’s tryline defence bordered on embarrassing at times.

The loss was the Knights’ fifth straight and their wost in the Hunter since being beaten 48-10 by Cronulla in 2018.

And with the Melbourne Storm ahead next Sunday, their season is fast slipping away.

Parramatta, in comparison, had little to worry about.

Mahoney was able to pick off tired defenders and gaps at ease, with the Eels’ first try through Lane setting the tone for the day.

The Parramatta back rower simply ran through a legs tackle of David Klemmer close to the line, with the Knights having little excuse for fatigue in the 12th minute.

Lane was again involved in the Eels’ next try, offloading at the line to allow winger Hayze Perham to fall over the line.

And when Mahoney put Brown over with ease just after the break, the game was as good as done before Papali’i and Will Penisini also bagged late try and Mitch Moses booted a final-minute field goal.

Most pleasing for the Eels also would have been their defence, after Mahoney admitted during the week it was among the worst in the NRL.

In truth though, the Knights threw very little at the Eels.

They broke the Eels’ line just twice, and barely had any attacking sets as they spent the majority of the game being forced to come out of their own end.

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