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Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin was satisfied with his side's defensive response, after the Panthers kept the Wests Tigers tryless in their 36-2 victory at Campbelltown on Sunday.

A week is a long time in rugby league and the Panthers delivered the ultimate return to form after a dismal performance against the Dragons in their season opener a week ago.

Griffin admitted the Round 1 result and reaction from the rugby league public spurred his side on to turn things around as quickly as possible, with the Panthers producing nine line breaks to the Wests Tigers' one and running for more than 1,600 metres. 

"Obviously last week we were very disappointed the way we played and had to lead this week with our defensive efforts if we were going to turn it around," Griffin said post-game.

"Defence is attitude and for some reason last week we weren’t ready for St George and that's everyone's fault.

"Something went wrong last week but today we got it right. The fact we just kept scrambling and throwing a jersey there every time they came at us, I couldn't be prouder of them today as a team as opposed to last week.

"It was just a really strong response and today was a totally different feel.

"It was a really fast game of footy and our outside backs did a great job creating metres where they could and then in the end we got that one right on half time when Dylan Edwards and Tyrone Peachey broke their (Wests Tigers) backs a little bit.

"They did a great job and Matt (Moylan) did a great job linking with them, too."

Injured Panthers back-rower Bryce Cartwright will require scans on his ankle after leaving the field in the 15th minute of the game, but Griffin is confident the setback will not be anything long-term.

"He's got a plate in his leg from a previous broken ankle so he's got a lot of pain over the top of that," Griffin said.

"He's sore and he couldn't play with it obviously. The doctor just wants to get it scanned and see on the joint if there's no damage. 

"He went into the game 100 percent fit, I was just talking to him and he doesn’t know either, he's just got a whack on there in a collision somehow.

"We were down an interchange in the forwards with Bryce going off and our outside backs played a real vital role."

The Panthers will now face a red-hot Sydney Roosters next Saturday night in their first home game of the season at Pepper Stadium.


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