LIVE: Hometown hero’s hat-trick buoys Panthers

Hometown hero Matt Burton has completed a hat-trick in Dubbo, crossing on the left edge on the back of a frantic passage of play.

Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary put up a high ball, the beating sun cruelled Rabbitohs winger Josh Mansour as the ball hit the turf, Penrith forward Scott Sorensen pounced on the footy and linked with Jarome Luai, before the No.6 found Burton.

Cleary then nailed the conversion from close to the sideline to extend Penrith’s lead to 38-6.

“Three tries at home in the NRL, undefeated, it’s what dreams are made of,” said rugby league great Braith Anasta on Fox League’s coverage.

“It just can’t get any better.”

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