In-form Sharks outclass Penrith

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Cronulla Sharks produced another ominous display to stretch their winning run to four NRL matches as Penrith Panthers were soundly beaten 28-2 at Pepper Stadium on Sunday.

The defending champions kept Melbourne Storm try-less last weekend and the Panthers were also unable to come up with a solitary four-pointer against Shane Flanagan's men.

A Nathan Cleary penalty put Penrith in front, but Cronulla were well on their way to another victory at the break after James Maloney got on the end of Chad Townsend's grubber kick to dot down and Sosaia Feki went over in the corner.

Maloney converted both scores and Jack Bird added a third try early in the second half in the centre's first game since it was announced that he will join Brisbane Broncos in a lucrative move.

Cronulla remained resolute in defence and clinical in attack, captain Paul Gallen adding another try and prop Andrew Fifita getting on the end of a Joseph Paulo grubber to score a fifth.

Maloney took his tally for the night to 12 points by adding the extras for a fourth time as the Sharks moved up to third in the ladder, while Penrith have now lost three in a row.