Panthers edge Raiders in a wet weather thriller.

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Penrith Panthers 23 defeat Canberra Raiders 22.
 
 
Match Review:
It was a highly anticipated match here in Canberra as the Raiders who are desperate to force their way into the top 8 are hosting the best team in the NRL right now in the Penrith Panthers here on a miserable wet night in Canberra.
 
The panthers started on the front foot instantly due to the Raiders lack of ball control as well as continual penalties and Penrith were able to take full advantage of it when centre Tyrone Peachey dived on a poorly handed kick recovery in goal by the Raiders. The next 10 minutes of the game saw James Maloney take two penalty goals to extend the Panthers lead out to 8-0, but just when you thought Penrith would start running away with it, a beautiful attacking set by the Raiders sent winger Nick Cotric over to bring Canberra back within 2 points.
 
The game from there on out was a real contest and fight for momentum with both teams going back and forth. A Jarrod Croker penalty goal to tie the scoreline was the only scoring that came in the final 25 odd minutes, but a crazy Jordan Rapana 40/20 alone made the first half worth it. 
 
Both teams headed into the sheds at half time tied at 8 all, but the Panthers down Kaide Ellis to a sin bin in the 35th minutes, Viliame Kikau to an MCL injury, as well as Canberra losing Joseph Leilua to a failed HIA test early in the game.
 
The second half started perfectly for Penrith when Maloney was gifted an easy penalty goal attempt to take the lead again. Canberra was quick to respond but. A lose carry from Panthers winger Christian Crichton was picked up by Canberra's Jordan Rapana as he strolled over the line to give the Raiders a 14-10 lead after the video ref deemed to have insufficient evidence to overturn the decision even though it was a clear strip by Blake Austin. The excitement was quickly turned around though as Rapana looked to have torn his hamstring diving on the ball in goal to stop a Panthers try, back up hooker Ata Hingano was moved onto the wing.
 
The Raiders didn't look fussed by the injury issues but when they went over again through Elliott Whitehead off a miracle Josh Papalii flick pass. That 10 point lead didn't last long though when Panthers centre Tyrone Peachey scored off a great set play taking full advantage of Canberra sticking a hooker on the wing. Penrith were able to tie the game 10 minutes when a beautiful James Tamou offload gave the Panthers numbers and centre Dean Whare was able to stroll over. Maloney was able to sneak in a sideline conversion to give us a 22 all scoreline with 3 minutes remaining.
 
With scores tied and the pressure mounting on both teams, it was Canberra who broke first when a knock on in their own 20 metres gave young Panthers half Nathan Cleary the chance to slot a field goal and give Penrith the 23-22 win in Cnaberra.
 
Stonecold's Player Of The Game: Tyrone Peachey (Panthers)
 
Canberra Raiders:
15' Nick Cotric (Try)
16' Jarrod Croker (Conversion)
38' Jarrod Croker (Penalty Goal)
48' Jordan Rapana (Try)
49' Jarrod Croker (Penalty Goal)
61' Elliott Whitehad (Try)
63' Jarrod Croker (Conversion)
70' Jarrod Croker (Penalty Goal)
 
Penrith Panthers:
4' Tyrone Peachey (Try)
7' James Maloney (Penalty Goal)
10' James Maloney (Penalty Goal)
42' James Maloney (Penalty Goal)
65' Tyrone Peachey (Try)
66' James Maloney (Conversion)
78' Nathan Cleary (Field Goal)
 
-Stonecold.

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