NRL Match Review: Penrith Panthers 35 Brisbane Broncos 34

Panthers 35
Tries:Kevin Naiqama 2, Elijah Taylor, Matt Moylan, Dean Whare, Lewis Brown
Goals:Jamie Soward 5/6
Field Goals: Matt Moylan

Broncos 34
Tries:Dale Copley, Justin Hodges, Jake Granville, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Corey Oates
Goals:Corey Parker 5/6

The Penrith Panthers reclaimed top spot on the National Rugby League ladder with a pulsating 35-34 win over the Brisbane Broncos at Sportingbet Stadium last night.

The Panthers led 34-18 at one stage before the Broncos clawed their way back to draw level with a minute to play. A Matt Moylan field goal with just seconds remaining sealed the result for the Panthers.

The early stages of the match was dominated by the home side who raced to a 12-0 lead following converted tries to Moylan and Elijah Taylor.

The Broncos hit back with converted tries to Dale Copley and Justin Hodges to tie the game up with 8 minutes left in the first half.

The free-flowing match saw both sides add a further converted try before half time; The Broncos hit the lead in the 35th minute when Jake Granville snuck over from dummy half but the home side replied through Kevin Naiqama in the 39th minute.

The Panthers pulled ahead through Dean Whare in the 46th minute, converted by Soward, who was steering the side around following Peter Wallace’s injury last weekend.

Kevin Naiqama’s second try in the 53rd minute and Soward’s conversion to make it 30-18 put the home side further in front and they were looking good at 34-18 when Lewis Brown crossed on the hour mark, converted by Soward.

But the Broncos awoke from their second-half slumber, posting tries to Jack Reed in the 65th minute, Daniel Vidot in the 70th and Corey Oates in the 79th minute. Corey Parker missed the conversion of Reed’s try so the score stood at 34-all with less than a minute on the clock.

In the dying stages and with the Panthers on the attack, the ball found its’ way to Soward who everyone expected to take the field goal attempt, but he shifted it to Moylan who nailed the one-pointer to give his side a thrilling win.

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