WINS | [1990] Major Semi Final: Penrith 30 Canberra 12

Sunday 9th September 1990 at the Sydney Football Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: Alexander (2), Fittler (1), Simmons (1); Goals: Alexander (7) | Canberra 12


The Panthers were denied the opening try after a Brad Fittler indiscretion in the lead up. Soon after the Raiders scored the opening try off a kick tap to lead 6-0 – Chris Mortimer was subsequently sin binned for 10 minutes after interfenece in the play the ball.

Penrith soon struck back when Greg Alexander backed up a Brad Fittler line break and jinked back in field to stand up the Canberra fullback and cross near the up rights to lock it up at 6-all.

Two more penalty conversions saw the Panthers edge ahead 10-6 in the second half in a battle of attrition, before a converted Canberra try saw them regain the lead.

A third penalty conversion to Greg Alexander with five minutes remaining saw the Panthers level it up again at 12-all and would remain that score at full time.

In now wet and slippery conditions, Steve Carter sliced through the Canberra defence and ran 30 metres before Brad Izzard put his pass on the toe and regathered it only metres from the try line. Greg Alexander backing up at dummy half would burrow over and lead 18-12.

In the second period of extra time, the Panthers would run the ball on the last tackle close to the line, with Brad Fittler accepting an inside pass from Greg Alexander, and with the conversion it further extended the lead to 24-12.

With only minutes remaining, the Raiders were defensively monstered trying to run the ball out from inside their 10 metres, with the dropped ball falling inside the try line, and Royce Simmons falling on it to score their third extra time try. Greg Alexander nailed his seventh conversion from seven attempts from the sideline to ultimately record an emphatic 30-12 victory.

The victory saw the Panthers qualify for their first ever grand final with Penrith also earning an extra week off in the lead up.


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