LATE TRY: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak fends off Brock Lamb in the Panthers 30-20 win.
LATE TRY: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak fends off Brock Lamb in the Panthers 30-20 win. DARREN PATEMAN

Moylan leads Penrith back from the dead to win

PENRITH skipper Matt Moylan led the way with two tries after the Panthers suffered two injuries and were down by 14 points at half-time.

Having lost playmakers Peter Wallace (groin strain) and Bryce Cartwright (lower leg) to injury, the Panthers produced a stunning 30-20 upset over Newcastle yesterday.

It was yet another cruel blow for the Novocastrians who were without star winger Nathan Ross after Knights coach Nathan Brown axed the cult hero for airing his contract grievances publicly.

Despite losing Josh Starling to a wrist injury during the warm-up, the Knights started in fine form.

After a stirring pre-game speech from Mark Hughes, a club legend and the man behind Beanie For Brain Cancer round, the home team scored first after a bullocking run from Sione Mata'utia.

The skipper offloaded to Jaelen Feeney who popped it up to Brock Lamb to score the try.

Conceding a penalty after letting in a try, the Panthers were on the ropes and things got worse a minute later when Daniel Saifiti slid under the posts courtesy of a tip-on from his brother Jacob.

Trailing 12-0 after 10 minutes, the Panthers then lost Wallace, compounding their injury woes after Isaah Yeo was a pre-game scratching due to an ankle

issue.

Lamb extend the lead 14-0 at the break with a penalty goal.

The afternoon brought more pain for the Panthers when Cartwright hobbled from the field four minutes into the second half.

But after the visitors received three successive penalties, a Trent Merrin offload put Moylan away.

Leilani Latu barged over with four Knights defenders hanging off him and Nathan Cleary reduced the margin 14-12.

James Tamou then crashed over to put his side in front.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Moylan scored in the last 10 minutes to seal the match.

Peter Mata'utia crossed at the death to reduce the margin but it was too little too late for the Knights.

Nathan Ryan

News Corp Australia


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