Panthers move into NRL top eight

The Panthers celebrate. Photo: Megan Dunn
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It’s taken 22 rounds but the Panthers have finally moved into the NRL top eight – and at the right time of the season.

Penrith were again unconvincing but did enough to finish over the top of the Wests Tigers 28-14 in front of almost 16,000 fans at Pepper Stadium.

Peter Wallace and Dylan Edwards were Penrith’s best in a game that was still in the balance with 10 minutes remaining.

The Panthers had two tries denied by the Bunker – the second quite controversially – before they finally put first points on the board through Tyrone Peachey in the 19th minute.

Penrith took a 10-8 lead into the break and extended the gap to eight points when Dylan Edwards bagged a try soon after half time, but when Luke Brooks raced over to score for the Tigers eight minutes later it set up a grandstand finish.

Tyrone May scores late in the game. Photo: Megan Dunn

A mountain of possession ultimately saw Penrith pull away, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scoring his second try in spectacular fashion and Nathan Cleary landing the sideline conversion to secure the win. Tyrone May added salt into the Tigers’ wounds with a late try just before the full-time siren.

The Panthers now sit eighth on the competition ladder ahead of a blockbuster clash with North Queensland next weekend.

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