WINS | [2018] Round 4: Penrith 33 North Queensland 14

Friday 29th March 2018 at 1300SMILES Stadium

Penrith 33 – Tries: Blake (1), Kikau (1), Leota (1), Maloney (1); Goals: Maloney (8); Field goals: Maloney (1) | North Queensland 14

More: themightypanthers.com/match1208.htm

The visitors opened the scoring in the fourth minute when James Maloney slotted a penalty conversion from close range to lead 2-0.

In the 14th minute, Viliame Kikau ran through a gap in the defensive line 10 metres out to score the opening try. Maloney’s conversion had Penrith lead 8-0.

Seven minutes later, a Maloney kick on the fifth tackle ricocheted off a defending Cowboys player, which was then toed ahead by Reagan Campbell-Gillard. The Cowboys fumbled the ball, and pinballed towards Maloney, who picked it up and 10 metres to score. He converted his own try to have the Panthers up 14-0.

With seven minutes remaining in the first half, James Tamou was sin binned for a professional foul for 10 minutes. Using the one man advantage, the Cowboys struck back to reduce the lead to 10.

On the stroke of half time, Penrith earnt a penalty, with Maloney kicking his fourth conversion to have them leading 16-4.

Two penalty conversions by Maloney within the first 8 minutes of the second half had increased the Panthers lead to 20-4.

Five minutes later, the home team crossed for their second try, but yet again the conversion was unsuccessful and kept Penrith’s lead to 12.

After 56 minutes, Waqa Blake leapt for a bomb close to the line, and was able to retain possession as he landed and planted the ball across the try line. Maloney’s seventh goal for the evening saw the Panthers lead 26-8.

North Queensland would not give up and with 8 minutes remaining scored their third try, which was converted.

Minutes later, Maloney calmly potted a field goal to remove any feint hope of a Cowboys comeback in the final few minutes.

An exclamation point on proceedings was made when Moses Leota ran off a James Fisher-Harris offload close to the line to score his first NRL try. Maloney made it 8 from 8 for the match with the conversion, turning in a 21 point haul in a man of the match performance.

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