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Panthers pip Broncos 29-28 in thriller

By Wayne Heming 30/03/2007 10:43:07 PM Comments (0)

Penrith five-eighth Peter Wallace hit a 44-metre golden point field goal to keep defending premiers Brisbane winless in a thrilling NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Wallace's 87th minute long-range strike in extra time edged the Panthers' home 29-28 after they had pulled off a miracle finish to level the scores at 28-all on the full-time siren.

Brisbane centre Justin Hodges did his best impression of Superman, scoring four tries, while Penrith fullback Rhys Wesser proved the Panthers' superhero, snatching a try a second before the full-time siren which sent the game into the golden point period.

Cleared to play just hours before kick-off, Hodges played his way into Brisbane's history books, joining Steve Renouf, Wendell Sailor and Karmichael Hunt as the only players to have scored four tries in a game.

He was only passed fit to play after a mid-morning fitness test on his right knee which prevented him training on Thursday.

It was his intercept play three minutes into the second half that sparked Brisbane's comeback after Penrith had threatened to run amok after scoring two tries in the final five minutes of the first half.

Hodges also scored Brisbane's second try of the half, putting them ahead 26-20.

Penrith halfback Craig Gower missed two field goals in the first period of extra time before Victorian born Wallace stepped up with his super kick three minutes into the second period.

Brisbane, who led by eight points with five minutes to play, never had an opportunity in extra time to win the game.

Wesser sent the game into golden point when he dived on a ball in-goal that deflected off Brisbane winger Darius Boyd's foot following a desperate Luke Rooney grubber.

Mick Gordon's difficult conversion to win the game sailed just wide.

Gordon had given Penrith a great start with two tries in the first half before explosive centre Michael Jennings appeared like a thief in the night, racing 85 minutes to score off a Lockyer intercept pass for Penrith to lead 16-14.

The game seemed bizarre at times.

Penrith would score off a scrum win, Brisbane would score off a scrum win.

Penrith would score from an intercept, Brisbane would score from an intercept.

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