WINS | [2017] Round 20: Penrith 24 Gold Coast Titans 16

Saturday 22nd July at Pepper Stadium

Penrith 24: Tries: Blake (2), Moylan (1), D. Watene-Zelezniak (1); Goals: Cleary (4) | Gold Coast Titans 16


The Titans scored the first try to lead 6-0 inside the first 20 minutes.

The Panthers would hit back with five minutes remaining in the first half when the Titans lost possession through a Tyrone Peachey tackle, with Waqa Blake picking up the loose ball and streaking 65 metres to cross over untouched – it was a fortunate try as there was a suggestion of Peachey knocking the ball forward in the tackle.

Nevertheless Nathan Cleary’s conversion had it tied up at 6-all at half time.

A penalty conversion to Cleary five minutes after the resumption gave the Panthers the lead, and in the set from the restart Blake had a double when he finished a backline move to slice through the Titans defensive line.

Minutes later, the Titans were next to score when the Panthers failed to clean up a ball that had dribbled into the in goal, making it 14-10.

In the 61st minute, Matt Moylan plucked out an intercept and ran nearly 40 metres to score.

This was soon followed by a try to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak who was the beneficiary of a well timed cut out pass from Cleary and was able to evade his defender to fall over the line.

A third try to the Titans reduced it too just an 8 point lead with around five minutes remaining however Penrith managed to retain the buffer as the game wound down to its inevitable conclusion.

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