Moylan comes back to bite Penrith

Penrith Panthers 12 Cronulla Sharks 24

A sloppy start to the round with a couple of early errors and penalties given up by both sides, but it was the young Panthers taking first points through a penalty goal from the boot of Jarome Luai just short of the 9 minute mark.

Sione Katoa (Sharks) got the first try of the match after a backline play that went from wing to wing, but there was a questionable pass in the play that had the Panthers crowd going off. Townsend was able to make the conversion taking the score to 6-2 after 20.

The errors continued throughout the first half with the Panthers unable to hold the ball when in good field position, letting the Sharks off on multiple occasions. Unfortunately for the Panthers, most of these errors were followed up by a penalty.

Eventually the Sharks made them pay, with Holmes fresh after Origin crossing the line, off a lovely inside ball from Wade Graham. Again Townsend split the sticks handing the visitors a 12-2 lead just short of the break.

The Panthers hit back within the first 10 of the second half, when they decided to run on the last after the Sharks defence rushed up on Luai. Some quick hands seen May find a hole for Blake to go over untouched. Luai though missed the conversion leaving the gap at 6.

The Sharks hit back almost instantly though, by the man once loved by Panthers fans Matt Moylan. It was yet another outside inside ball. This time it was Sorenson giving the inside ball. But yet again the try came off the back of the Panthers giving away a penalty. Townsend converted the try extending the lead back to 12 with 25 to go.

With a little over 15 to go and a 12 point lead short drop out by the Sharks back fired big time, with the Panthers getting the ball and on the 3rd tackle a short ball from May found Harawira-Naera one on one with that man Moylan which he was able to beat with ease. The conversion from Luai seen a 6 point game with 10 on the clock.

The next set after the try it looked as though Panthers were about to even up the try column through Crichton from a Luai grubber but he lost control of the ball short of the line.

Just as the Panthers looked to have taken the momentum it was that man again Matt Moylan breaking the Panthers heart, with a clean line break and finding Holmes in support to secure the 2 points with a try under the stick. Townsend got the easy conversion as the Sharks held on to the lead 24-12.



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