Saturday 21st March at Penrith Stadium
Penrith 24 – Tries: Girdler (2), Beckett (1), Domic (1); Goals: Girdler (6) | Canberra 24
A penalty conversion from Ryan Girdler in the eighth minute opened the scoring with Penrith leading 2-0.
But Canberra would score the first two tries to lead 10-2 after 30 minutes.
A movement on the halfway line started by Greg Alexander was finished by Ryan Girdler, when he took an overhead pass from Peter Jorgensen 20 metres out, and ran an angled line through the scattered Raiders defence to cross to the right of the uprights. His conversion reduced it 10-8.
However, the Raiders would have the final say only seconds from half time with a try and the visitors leading 16-8.
The Panthers were first to score in the second half when Girdler crossed for his second, running off a Matt Adamson offload to touch down under the uprights. Girdler added the extras to trail by just two.
Penrith regained the lead when the video referee awarded a green light for the next try when Darren Brown was headed for the line and was tackled just metres short but threw a pass backwards and was then picked up by Robbie Beckett who then managed to power his way over the Raiders defenders to plant the ball down. Although the conversion was unsuccessful the Panthers led 18-16.
Just before the 60 minute mark, the Panthers further extended their lead when Sid Domic lunged over near the right corner. Girdler’s sideline conversion made it 24-16.
Canberra though would strike back with two unconverted tries to make it 24-all with just over 10 minutes remaining. A penalty conversion from Girdler with five minutes remaining broke the deadlock and another penalty soon after made it a four point lead, and would remain so until full time.