Friday 30th March at Suncorp Stadium
Penrith 29 – Tries: Gordon (2), Jennings (2), Lewis (1), Wesser (1); Goals: Campbell (2); Field goals: Wallace (1) | Brisbane 28
The Broncos opened the scoring with two penalty conversions to lead 4-0 within the first 10 minutes.
In the 19th minute, a well timed cut out pass from Rhys Wesser to an unmarked Michael Gordon on the right wing locked it up, with Gordon’s sideline conversion giving the visitors the lead.
Whilst the Broncos would lead 14-10 just after the half hour mark, through two tries (and punctuated by a second try to Gordon in the 28th minute), the Panthers would head into half time with two tries in the last five minutes and lead 20-14 – the first to Michael Jennings through an 85-metre intercept try, and then in the shadows of half time when Jennings’ centre partner Luke Lewis ran off a Trent Waterhouse offload to barge over.
However, the Broncos would first level it up early in the second half and then regain the lead and were up by eight points heading into the final 10 minutes.
In the 77th minute, Jennings picked up a loose Broncos pass that bounced off his feet forward and ran 90 metres untouched to touch down in the left corner. Gordon was unable to land the conversion and a four-point lead remained for the home team.
Receiving the kick-off from the restart on their goal line, the Panthers carried the ball up past the halfway line with some enterprising play and then earnt a penalty with less than 30 seconds remaining when Wesser was tackled without the ball.
With only seconds remaining, the play went to the right, with Lewis grubbering the ball towards the try line – it pinballed off a Broncos defender and dribbled into the in goal, with Wesser grounding it and claiming a try. After deliberations with the video referee, it was deemed that he was not offside, and the try awarded. In less than two and half minutes, the Panthers had erased the 8-point deficit with the scores tied up. However, Gordon was unsuccessful with the conversion and the match headed into golden point.
With scores still level at the end of the first period of golden point, Peter Wallace slotted a field goal from 45 metres out to secure a miracle come from behind victory for Penrith.