Penrith have put aside the recent spate of player departures to consolidate third spot on the Intrust Super Premiership NAW ladder, after overcoming North Sydney 17-10 in a tough grinding affair at North Sydney Oval.

The win was achieved despite losing Viliame Kikau to the sin-bin - not once, but twice in the opening half - in an at times fiery contest between the competition's two best defensive teams.

Once again Darren Nicholls was instrumental in his side’s win, as he put Penrith back in front late in the game with a calmly-taken field goal against his former team, before putting the game beyond doubt setting up Liam Martin for his maiden try at this level.

Conversely in a losing team, fullback Eli Levido was equally outstanding, scoring a double and defusj g everything Penrith threw at him.

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