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Matt Moylan's sideline conversion hands Penrith last-gasp win against Canterbury

Penrith 18 Canterbury 16

Dean Whare of the Panthers scores in the corner.

Dean Whare of the Panthers scores in the corner. Photo: Getty Images

Through one of the most unlikely of heroes, Penrith clinched victory from the jaws of defeat as deputy goalkicker Matt Moylan landed a stunning sideline conversion on the stroke of full-time to seal a hard-fought win against Canterbury. 

Moylan showed tremendous composure as he lined up his kick from the sideline before landing the ball over the black dot as the siren echoed across the stadium. 

Aiden Tolman carries the ball into contact.

Aiden Tolman carries the ball into contact. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
PEN
Score
18
Team
BUL
Score
16
Penrith versus Canterbury-Bankstown
View Match Statistics
Players Whare, Simmons, Naiqama Tries 3 Tries 3 Players Hodkinson, Thompson, Low
Players Moylan 2/3 (66%) Conversions 2 Conversions 2 Players Hodkinson 2/3 (66%)
Players Moylan 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 1 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

A minute earlier and coach Ivan Cleary was facing the daunting prospect of a 10-point lead counting for nothing as a determined Canterbury side appeared to have snared a rugged comeback. Despite having just a five-day turnaround, Canterbury still had enough left in the tank to out-muscle Penrith by scoring three unanswered tries only to slip at the final hurdle, allowing Kevin Naiqama to score an equalising try with the last play of the game. 

The Panthers drew first blood when David Simmons soared above his marker to take down Jamie Soward's bomb early in the game. Surrounded by tacklers, the winger was aware enough to off-load to the on-rushing Dean Whare before being tackled into touch, allowing his centre to acrobatically score the opener. It set the tone of the first half as the combination of Soward and Simmons tormented the Bulldogs, who, aside from a rare line break by Trent Hodkinson, were pinned within their own half and without the ball. 

Sloppy play-the-balls, poor decisions and penalties gave the Panthers control of the game and through Soward and Simmons, they crossed yet again.The new Panthers half picked out his winger with a precise chip into the corner, giving Simmons the simple task of grounding without any significant pressure from a tackler.

The Bulldogs eventually found a way through but even so, it was guided by luck more than ability. 

Youngster Drury Low broke free of his tackler to burst down the left flank and found Josh Morris with a forward pass that was noticed by everyone in the ground apart from the referees and touch judge, who were trailing in the wake of the play. Hodkinson followed up the play to finish the move to draw the Bulldogs back into the contest, though the Panthers could feel aggrieved with the infringement in the build-up. 

There was more fight in the Dogs after the restart but their rusty handling proved to be their undoing. By contrast, Penrith reverted to more industrious play as Soward wasn't given the same freedom to roam as he was in the first half. Their backs were starved of possession as a battle among the forwards engulfed the match, a battle the Bulldogs had the lead in.

After testing Penrith's resilient defence, they finally broke their line when a slip pass from Josh Reynolds to Corey Thompson allowed the winger to score in the corner. Trent Hodkinson then squared the ledger at 12-all by converting from the sidelines, showing superb composure in spite of the raucous noise from the stands.

They had to wait only a matter of minutes before taking a deserved lead for the first time in the match. From a scrum inside 20 metres, Reynolds darted to the right and played Low into space and the pacey winger beat Jamal Idris to the line. 

it looked to be the nail in the coffin for the Panthers, but a needless penalty by the Dogs gave the hosts one last shot at redemption.

7 comments so far

  • great game and I won't begrudge thge panthers the win, they out played us most the game but how to the papers call the morris try forward pass, when as you slow it down he receives it almost sideways and it's just the passer stopping as morris flies past that makes it look forward and at best it's a couple of inches, yet the last panthers try is received more than one metre in front of where the pass is released and it was travelling forward from the moment it left the hands. massively forward bu not a word from anyone.
    fair enough both tries should have been disallowed and the result is the same but how was it not mentioned?

    Commenter
    Bloke
    Date and time
    March 22, 2014, 7:42PM
    • We can pick out mistakes by referees in every game. The real mistakes were the two back-to-back penalties conceded by the Dogs in the dying minutes. Without them, the Dogs win. Their own fault.

      This game again shows up the real issue is finding themselves a good halves combination. Soward showed the difference with his ability to read the play and find gaps where defenders were out of position.

      The Bulldogs need a thinking half. Energy and enthusiasm only goes so far; someone who can see two tackles ahead of the play is what they desperately need.

      Commenter
      Gelert of Birrong
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      March 24, 2014, 8:54AM
  • Glad they won that one- could of gone either way I guess but so could the game last week v the Storm so 1 out of 2 close ones is OK. A few ref's specials favouring the Dogs at crucial times didn't go unnoticed. Quite a few "very flat" passes, Morris putting it out over the dead ball line but the call going against Peachey and Sam Perrett's blatant knock on in great possie for the panthers went unnoticed by the officials. Can't blame the refs all the time (he's busy) but what exactly do the linesmen do and how about a heads up from the third ump?.

    Commenter
    Ray Man
    Location
    BM
    Date and time
    March 22, 2014, 7:58PM
    • Go Penriff!!!

      Commenter
      Regdela
      Date and time
      March 22, 2014, 9:27PM
      • Des who? From where?

        How long will he last?

        Commenter
        Les
        Location
        Manly
        Date and time
        March 22, 2014, 9:44PM
        • Awesome game although almost had a heart attack in the final minute! Moylan's kicking is on point and Soward had a blinder; awesome kicks in play and passes has got to be showing the haters he still has it in him to play some good footy. That kick-chase-kick he did for Simmons in the corner was very unlucky, would have been try of the round for sure (better than the Morris one). Shame Docker didn't cross as well. We are doing great with a few still out injured and we were owed this game after Storm narrowly pipped us last round, next up to our sword are the Eels! One happy diehard Penrith fan here.

          Commenter
          Dan
          Location
          Penrith
          Date and time
          March 24, 2014, 12:33PM
          • Don't know what game you all watched. 1st half all Penrith as a lopsided penalty count gave them all the ball. 2nd half dogs outplayed them until the ref intervened again in the dying minutes.

            I counted 4 games this weekend with lopsided penalty counts resulting in games decided in the last minutes. The manly eels debacle was the worst example and I think Archer has to take a long hard look at his crew.

            Commenter
            LukeT
            Date and time
            March 26, 2014, 3:59AM

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