Sunday 15th August at Penrith Stadium
Penrith 23 – Tries: Alexander (1), Carter (1), Farrar (1), Mackay (1); Goals: Alexander (1) | St. George 14
In the 16th minute, Graham Mackay finished a sweeping backline move to the right edge to cross over in the corner untouched to open the scoring.
Soon after a Brad Fittler line break resulted in the Panthers being in ideal field position, with fullback Anthony Xuerub taking the tackle just over 10 metres out. Danny Farrar at dummy half then took advantage of the scattered Dragons defence still scrambling into position from the Fittler line break to scurry over adjacent to the uprights.
With three minutes remaining, Mackay busted the line on the right edge, passing to Xuerub and then found Greg Alexander in support on his left side with a well-timed off load, and evaded the fullback with a swerving run to touchdown in the right corner. Although he was unable to convert his own try, the Panthers would head into the sheds at half time with a 14-0 lead.
However, two tries to the Dragons within the first 10 minutes of the second half narrowed it to a four-point lead.
But a try to Steve Carter soon after, when the Panthers ran the ball on the fifth tackle and Alexander passed left to his halves partner who dummied and created a gap to slice though and cross over untouched.
Whilst St. George ensured a dramatic finish by scoring with seven minutes remaining to make it 18-14, the Panthers defence remained resolute against the sustained Dragons attacking pressure, and held out for a well deserved victory over their more fancied opponents.