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Ferguson signals return with double in Roosters’ win

ROOSTERS CROWING: Blake Ferguson (left) and Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Roosters celebrate Kenny-Dowall’s try against the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney last night.
ROOSTERS CROWING: Blake Ferguson (left) and Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Roosters celebrate Kenny-Dowall’s try against the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney last night. Mark Kolbegetty Images

ROOSTERS centre Blake Ferguson returned to Allianz Stadium in brilliant fashion, scoring twice for his first tries at NRL level in almost two years, the Bondi club winning 20-12.

Ferguson's last try before last night was ironically against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium in round 22, 2013, before a string of off-field incidents saw him walk away from the Raiders.

The 25-year-old gave the hosts a comfortable 20-6 lead in the 63rd minute after a neat catch-and-pass from pivot James Maloney put him past opposite Jamal Idris on the right flank.

Four minutes into the second half, Ferguson got his first of the night, picking up a loose Mitchell Pearce pass and showing nice footwork to wrong-foot Idris from 13m out.

The Panthers were left disappointed after talented young winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak looked to have scored a spectacular try after 20 minutes.

The 19-year-old contorted his body to place the ball down just inside the sideline, despite a heavy hit from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, but the video referee controversially ruled it a knock-on.

The Roosters' other try-scorer was Shaun Kenny-Dowall after seven minutes, while Idris (38th minute) and James Segeyaro (67th), who received a nasty gash to his mouth in the first half, scored for Penrith.

ROOSTERS 20 (B Ferguson 2, S Kenny-Dowall tries; J Maloney 4 goals)

PANTHERS 12 (J Idris, J Segeyaro tries; M Moylan 2 goals). At Allianz Stadium last night.

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