Panthers put on a clinic, Broncos edge Raiders

The Newcastle Knights crumbled to a 40-0 NRL defeat at the Penrith Panthers, while the Brisbane Broncos edged the Canberra Raiders.

Penrith Panthers ran in seven unanswered tries as they cruised to a comfortable 40-0 victory over the Newcastle Knights in the NRL on Friday.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak went over in the corner after four minutes and very nearly doubled his tally soon after, only for his right foot to stray into touch as he dived for the line.

The Panthers were 22-0 up by the break after debutant Corey Harawira-Naera, Te Maire Martin and Tyrone Peachey added to Watene-Zelezniak's opener.

Peter Wallace and Dean Whare stretched the advantage early in the second period, before Nathan Cleary converted his own try to take his personal tally for the match to 16.

The result represents the Panthers' second lockout of the season, having kept Wests Tigers try-less in round two, and leaves them third in the NRL table.

The Knights are one from the bottom after just a single victory in their opening four matches.

Friday's other fixture was a much tighter affair, with the Brisbane Broncos edging the Canberra Raiders 13-12 in a match that was tied at 2-2 at half-time.

A try for Andrew McCullough on his 200th appearance followed by a Darius Boyd score opened up a 12-2 lead for the Broncos', but they were left to rely on a Jordan Kahu field goal six minutes from time after the Raiders fought back.

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