Panthers grab late win to overcome Bulldogs

League Express
By League Express March 22, 2014 09:17

In a Nutshell

Penrith Panthers grabbed a late converted try to snatch an 18-16 victory against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Centrebet Stadium.

How it unfolded

The Bulldogs had looked to be in the driving seat until Kevin Naiqama scored a superb try in the corner from a cutout pass by Jamie Soward, with Matt Moylan adding a touchline conversion to win the game.

The star man for the Panthers was former London Broncos player Soward, whose kick was re-gathered by David Simmons, who fed Dean Whare for the opening try after five minutes. And Simmons gathered another Soward kick to score himself to give the Panthers a 10-0 lead, with Moylan’s conversion, after 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs began a fightback with a try by Trent Hodkinson, which he goaled himself, and the match was delicately poised at 10-6 at half-time.

The Panthers pulled six point ahead with a second-half penalty from Moylan, but then the Bulldogs drew level with a converted try from Corey Thompson and they took the lead for the first time on 70 minutes with a try by Drury Low in the corner that Hodkinson couldn’t convert.

Time looked to be running out for the Panthers until Naiqama’s amazing try right on full-time.

Full coverage of this weekend’s NRL games will feature in Monday’s issue of Rugby League Express.

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League Express
By League Express March 22, 2014 09:17