Panthers Hold Off Late Rabbitohs Rally

Dalin Watene-Zelezniak celebrates his try for Penrith

Two late Sam Burgess tries weren’t enough as the Penrith Panthers held on to claim back-to-back wins in a 28-26 victory in the NRL. For South Sydney Rabbitohs it was their forth straight loss.

Kyle Turner had the visitors in front on a cold night at the Pepper Stadium, as he blasted his way over for try under the posts after Penrith gave away a penalty for offside. Cody Walker converted to make it 6-0.

Dalin Watene-Zelezniak tied up the scores after Matg Moylan passed for him to score in the corner. It came from a penalty which gave Penrith good field position.

Cody Walker kicked a penalty to put the Rabbitohs back in front after twenty-four minutes, before Josh Mansour, who penned a new 2-year deal before the game, scored a try. With the Panthers on the last tackle after being held up short of the line, the ball went wide and Mansour found himself all on his own to score in the corner.

That try came from a high tackle penalty by Sam Burgess on Moylan at the half-way line.

Th Rabbitohs got themselves back in front just after half-time, after Penrith lost the ball forward on the 20m line, the ball was played wide to Greg Inglis, who cut inside to score.

Just when it looked like they’d take control of the game they lost the ball on the last tackle in their own half. It was followed by a high tackle penalty. The Panthers went through the tackle count and just failed to score, being held up.

From the resulting goal-line drop out, the Rabbitohs conceded a soft penalty for not letting go in the tackle, and Leilani Latu scored after a quick ball pass from Wallace.

Rabbitohs double try-scorer Sam Burgess

Nathan Cleary then went clear, after Moylan played Cartwright in, and he passed to Cleary, to score.

Bryce Cartright again was the provider with ten minutes left, as he put Chris Grevsmuhl in to score after some bruising play from Mansour in midfield.

At that stage the score was 28-14, and the game looked over, however up-stepped Sam Burgess, and he scored his first after a John Sutton grubber kick found him to touch down.

Walker made a dash from 30m out and played in Sam Burgess for his 2nd try, but unfortunately for the Rabbitohs time ran out.

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