Nathan Cleary fought off a pores and skin an infection on his face and a six-hour keep in hospital to assist Penrith to a gutsy 20-12 win over South Sydney.
In Nepean hospital on Wednesday with cellulitis, Cleary recovered in time to play with a swollen face and bandage on his higher nostril.
The Panthers half scored a late try to had a small hand in two others, controlling the sport completely as he additionally compelled two line drop outs.
It prompted Andrew Johns in commentary to label it one of the best match he had seen the No.7 play – not dangerous after being crammed with antibiotics and present process scans the day earlier than the sport.
Also lacking winger Josh Mansour, the Panthers have now received three of 5 because the competitors’s restart and are among the many real premiership threats.
They are quickly first on the ladder and can keep there if each Parramatta and Newcastle lose this weekend.
Hit exhausting and excessive on the finish of the primary set of the sport by Cameron Murray, Cleary recovered to put the ball on a dime for Viliame Kikau moments later.
Just as he did final week towards Melbourne, Kikau obtained to the halfback’s bomb first and this time batted it again for Jarome Luai who discovered Brent Naden to rating.
Luai was once more influential in Penrith’s second, as he additionally stood up within the No.6 jersey.
As the Panthers continued to assault Souths’ proper edge, he grubbered for a chasing Stephen Crichton to make it 8-Zero on the break.
Clearly battered, Cleary continued to be influential for Penrith within the second half.
He threw the final ball for a Dylan Edwards attempt, the place the fullback did the vast majority of the work as he stepped and swatted away two defenders to make it 12-6.
And after booting a penalty aim himself, Cleary then obtained the Panthers’ final when he fought off 4 defenders to dummy his method throughout the road.
Souths in the meantime regarded out of the competition for a lot of the sport.
They solely obtained their first attempt after the break when Adam Reynolds went to the road and fired an inside ball for the flying Bayley Sironen to rating his first factors within the NRL.
They additionally spent a part of the sport with simply 11 males, with James Roberts and Latrell Mitchell each sin-binned for skilled fouls late on.
Hooker Damien Cook at one stage appeared to undergo a knee drawback, however he completed the sport and was working nice by the tip.
Alex Johnston claimed a comfort attempt with the Rabbitohs’ place within the high eight now below risk for the remainder of the weekend.