Friday 30th July at Credit Union Australia Stadium
Penrith 24 – Tries: Gordon (2), Kingston (1), Tighe (1); Goals: Gordon (4) | North Queensland 16
The visitors scored the first try inside the opening five minutes to lead 6-0 but was soon after countered when a Luke Lewis cut out pass hit Michael Gordon straight on the chest and he had a clear run to the line. His conversion made it 6-all.
The Cowboys hit the front again to lead 12-6, with a Brad Tighe try in the 27th minute cutting it to a 2-point deficit, which remained as such with the sideline conversion not successful.
With just over 5 minutes remaining, the Cowboys third try saw them head into the half time break leading 16-10.
The half time score did not change until the 69th minute when Nathan Smith broke the line at the halfway and found Kevin Kingston looming in support on his inside, with a well-timed pass and a saloon passage to the tryline, planting it straight under the black dot. Gordon’s conversion tied it up at 16-all.
The Panthers hit the lead with just over five minutes remaining when Gordon ran the ball from dummy half and scooted through a defensive gap, stepping and jinking his way to complete a 55 metre solo effort, with his conversion making it 22-16.
A late penalty conversion t the home team did nothing more than extend their final winning margin.