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Penrith ends NRL losing streak

30/04/2004 09:42:50 PM Comments (0)

Penrith has ended a two-game losing streak with an unconvincing 22-20 win over the Wests Tigers in a match highlighted by the breathtaking speed of Panthers winger Amos Roberts, the amazing strength of Joe Galuvao and an unhappy homecoming for Scott Sattler.

Roberts scored two tries in the opening half including a scintillating 90 metre effort in which he beat the desperate diving tackle of Sattler, who was making his return to Penrith after joining the Tigers in the off-season.

Sattler, who also went on report for a late tackle on Craig Gower in the 63rd minute, was the hero of Penrith's grand final win in 2003 thanks to his memorable try-saving tackle on Sydney Roosters winger Todd Byrne.

But Roberts' speed ensured there would be no repeat of that.

That try helped Penrith take a 16-10 lead into halftime and barnstorming New Zealand forward Galuvao gave the Panthers a decisive 12-point lead with a superhuman try in the 64th minute.

It was a case of third time lucky for the Kiwi international, who had two tries disallowed by video referee Graeme West in the match for being held up over the line.

The 105kg back rower beat five Tigers players - Robbie Mears, John Skandalis, Daniel Fitzhenry, Anthony Laffranchi and John Wilson - to give his side a 22-10 lead in the 64th minute.

The Tigers replied through Ben Galea with 11 minutes remaining and debutant Luke Duffy gave more than 20,000 Penrith fans a fright when he took advantage of a good Scott Prince kick and some indecisive play from Roberts to score in the 75th minute, narrowing the gap to two points.

Hodgson's kick to level the scores sailed within inches of the upright.

The Tigers opened tonight's match with a bang, scoring in the 12th minute when Wilson backed up a break by Fitzhenry out of dummy half to score under the posts, Hodgson converting to give Wests a 6-0 lead.

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