EbeneNews – AU – Panthers sneak past Rabbitohs to break 17-year drought

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    MATCH REPORT

    Penrith’s multi-million dollar punt on the Clearys brought them to their first grand final in 17 years, with Nathan ejecting them from the Souths in the paddock and Ivan connecting with Wayne Bennett

    The 20-16 triumph at ANZ Stadium was as exciting as it was ugly, with Penrith bombarding the best part of a half-dozen scoring opportunities against a busted Bunnies team

    Either way, the four-point triumph sets a date with Melbourne next Sunday with a crack to cap one of the most successful seasons in history against the most prolific club in the world. NRL era

    As the Rabbitoh continued to arrive, Penrith’s chocolate soldiers nearly melted under the pressure – Api Koroisau’s brief exit on time with a shoulder « stinger » having hearts in his mouth from Blacktown to Mont Druitt

    In turn, Ivan Cleary’s surprise call to put Mitch Kenny’s back-up rake on his bench proved to be a wise move, as did his plumping for Tyrone May in the middle on Brent Naden

    Location:
    ANZ Stadium, Sydney

    Son Nathan’s million dollar shoe gave Penrith the ascendancy in an awkward first half, with two tries before a resurgence of Rabbitohs after the break put Panthers’ nerves in the first plan

    With Bayley Sironen (knee) out for the game and Corey Allan injured on foot, the Rabbitohs still threatened to bring down the Panthers

    A 14-6 halftime lead disintegrated in front of the Panthers as they bombarded several scoring opportunities in the second half

    Just as a cardinal and an upset myrtle loomed, Isaah Yeo broke in the middle with the type of run that puts him in line for an NSW Origin call, with Dylan Edwards’ four pointers in support providing a good breathing space. necessary on the road to an 18th consecutive victory

    Despite wearing a large cap that made him run at little more than a limp, Allan’s effort was Herculean as he took a pass from Cody Walker and pointed it to a thrilling finish

    But for Adam Reynolds’ toes being four centimeters on the wrong side of a critical 40-20 with three minutes to go, Penrith’s superb match streak could easily have ended.

    But with Penrith hooked, a 19th consecutive triumph, at the same time, in the same place in eight days, will equal the record for the longest winning streak in the game’s history

    They’ll need their form from the rest of 2020, not those error-riddled 80 minutes, to compete with a Storm outfit in their 10th Grand Final in 23 seasons

    « We left a lot of points in the first half, » coach Ivan Cleary said afterwards

    « We started really well, apart from conceding the first try, but we did a lot well and we looked dangerous We ran in the legs a lot

    « We put in too much possession throughout the night to keep them in the game. We could have scored three more tries in the first half

    « We had a lot of tired boys there, young guys who weren’t under that pressure, so that was great preparation for next week »

    From the start, moments of nervousness abounded for Penrith, starting with an attempt to reload skipper James Tamou in the first minute

    Reynolds smashed the first penalty shot on goal, but when he came back on goal the two missed runs turned into a spectacular six

    Kicking off the first tackle after Allan took the Steeden away from Edwards, Reynolds put a penny for Alex Johnston to cash in with a simple catch on Penrith’s try line

    Within minutes, Brian To’o was crossing for a square against Johnston’s own fumble flying through the air, Cleary with the nudge for a 6-6 game

    The score had not changed in the 17th minute but the two teams had already burned the challenges of their captain with misguided efforts

    In the middle and bottom of the left edge, Penrith began to split the Rabbitohs’ defense, targeting Campbell Graham’s center-right replacement Jed Cartwright with fortune, then a few

    An inexplicable forward pass from Josh Mansour to Kurt Capewell with a try offer kept South Sydney level

    A high shot from James Fisher-Harris on Tevita Tatola then landed the Kiwi enforcer on the report and gave the Rabbitohs even more relief

    It turned out fleeting as Penrith’s momentum built up, Cleary stepping back on her feet and this time her roommate May took a 12-6 lead.

    Another kick from Cleary saw Cartwright take out a Panthers hunter, mercurial Non7 reversing the penalty for 14-6 at the break

    A failed try from center Stephen Crichton, who inflated another Cleary chip that sat for him in the in-goal, kept the rabbits in

    The same goes for the weediness determined by Johnston of Crichton as he was en route to the line with one of the best practice tackles of 2020, Dane Gagai’s 49th minute tries to bring them together more and more

    In the end, the Panthers’ resilience and Cleary’s shine proved enough to bring them home

    Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, National Rugby League, Ivan Cleary, NRL Grand Final, Melbourne Storm

    EbeneNews – AU – Panthers sneak past Rabbitohs to break drought in 17 years


    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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