Kyle Wood came into nine giving captain Brandon Moore the weekend off while Zack McComb came in for James Saltonstall, a groin injury picked up against the Bulls still not fully healed, but the most pleasing change was the long awaited return of Kevin Larroyer onto the bench for his first appearance since February.
On the 35 minute mark though, Lachlan Walmsley came up with a now trademark interception, superbly picking out a lofted pass from his ex Whitehaven teammate Nikau Williams to romp away 90 metres to score under the posts. Keyes converted for a 10-0 lead and he could have scored another try right on the hooter if he wasn’t pulled back by the Thunder defence supporting a Ben Kavanagh break. As the hooter had gone, Keyes kicked the penalty to give Fax a comfortable 12-0 lead at the break.
Any doubt was removed 10 minutes later as another trademark score for the Panthers settled the issue, this time Tom Inman charging his way over from dummy half yet again to score. Keyes conversion made it 30-0 and a potential big score seemed to be incoming.
Donaghy, Boafo, Staveley, Foster, Clegg, Williams, Miller, J Chapelhow, Davies, Moore, Gallagher, Tuliatu, Bailey
Subs: Clark, T Chapelhow, Okoro, Balmforth
Tries: Balmforth (60), Clegg (70), J Chapelhow (74)
Goals: Williams 2/3
Pickersgill, Walmsley, Maizen, Tibbs, McComb, Woodburn-Hall, Keyes, Calcott, Wood, Murray, Kavanagh, Gee, Fairbank
Subs: Inman, Lannon, Tangata, Larroyer
Tries: Keyes (17,78) Walmsley (34), Woodburn-Hall (45), McComb (48), Inman (57)
Goals: Keyes 5/6
Penalty: Keyes 1/1
Man of the Match: Zack McComb