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Power prop Tevita Pangai Junior will give Penrith a point of difference heading into the NRL finals after starring in a 30-16 win over Wests Tigers on Sunday.
As part of a near full-strength Panthers side, the ex-Brisbane prop was among their best with a try in the first half as well as 101 running metres and four tackle-breaks in 24 minutes from the bench.
It was just his second game for the club, and his second NRL game in two months.
With one round to play before finals he shapes as a genius buy for the equal first-placed Panthers to add another weapon to the interchange.
"That's why we got him here. There were some good signs there today, second game in nine weeks, second game for us too, so it's always going to take some time," said coach Ivan Cleary.
"It'll be good for him to get another game next week.
"Every time he trains with us, every time he plays, he gets a little bit clearer in where he fits in with us."
The 25-year-old Tongan international scored his first try in Penrith colours in the 36th minute with power running typical of his best form.
Gifted a short ball from Nathan Cleary 13 metres from the line, Pangai Junior bumped off and dragged three Tigers defenders to the line for a determined try that put the Panthers ahead 12-6.
The moment sparked one-way traffic from the Panthers who ran in another three straight tries to start the second half and smack the Tigers at Redcliffe.
In his return from an ankle injury, NSW winger Brian To'o also got on the board as did forwards Viliame Kikau and Moses Leota.
The Tigers showed defensive resolve early in the first half and scored a wonderful try through prop Stefano Utoikamanu in the 18th minute to level the scores at 6-all before it all crumbled.
"We had a 10-minute period after half time that hurt us ... to see the boys fight and compete is something we need to make sure we take forward," Tigers coach Michael Maguire said.
Late tries from Jake Simpkin and Ken Maumalo were some consolation for the Tigers after they were hammered on the edge by Kikau as well as Cleary's kicking game.
Cleary racked up 1000 career points on Sunday as well as two try-assists and a perfect five from five conversions.
At 23, the star halfback is the second youngest player to reach the milestone after ex-Manly fullback Graham Eadie reached the record in 1977.
The win also brought up 20 victories in a home-and-away season for the Panthers for the first time as they finish the round on 42 points, equal with top-placed Melbourne.
The Panthers will face Parramatta on Friday night as they chase the minor premiership.
The Tigers, out of contention for the finals for the 10th year in a row, will finish their season against Canterbury on Sunday.