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Panthers and Broncos draw 12-all

By David Beniuk 28/06/2008 06:31:01 AM Comments (0)

Undermanned Penrith and depleted Brisbane fought out the NRL's first draw of 2008, locked at 12-12 after golden point extra time at CUA Stadium.

The scores were tied at the end of 80 minutes after both sides had scored two tries each in front of a disappointing 9,963 fans.

Eighteen year-old Penrith debutant Lachlan Coote had the chance to kick his side to victory but missed with a 43m penalty shot in the second minute of extra time and a long-range field goal attempt in the fifth.

In the second period of extra time, Brisbane halfback Shane Perry missed with a field goal attempt with three minutes left on the clock and Coote missed again in the final minute.

The Broncos' points came from tries to David Taylor and Corey Parker with Michael Ennis booting two goals from two attempts.

For Penrith, Luke Lewis and Michael Jennings scored tries while Shane Rodney also kicked two from two.

After the scores were locked at 6-6 at halftime, the Panthers went ahead 8-6 five minutes after the break with a Rodney penalty goal.

But the Broncos took the lead for the first time in the match in the 47th minute when, on the back of a superb charge from Taylor, Parker beat a poor attempt at tackle from Lewis and crashed over, Ennis' sideline conversion making it 12-8.

The Panthers looked to have hit back spectacularly in the 64th minute when fullback Coote flew high to grab a Wade Graham bomb and prop Brendan Worth crashed over.

But video referee Phil Cooley ruled Worth had been in front of the kicker and disallowed the try.

The Panthers' last tackle options were failing to mount any pressure on the visitors as Lewis faced his toughest game since moving to halfback.

But a piece of individual brilliance from Jennings, who flashed down the left touchline and beat four defenders, had the scores locked again, at 12-12, with seven minutes left.

Coote also had a regular time chance to make it 14-12 but his conversion attempt from wide out to the left missed.

Jennings almost repeated the dose with two minutes left but Pritchard's pass to him was ruled forward.

The Broncos' Greg Eastwood had a shot at field goal in the 39th minute but it was charged down before the Panthers mounted a last minute raid which ended with centre Maurice Blair penalised for an incorrect play-the-ball.

Both sides went into Friday night's game without nine regular first-graders due to injuries and State of Origin duties.

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