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Panthers fight for win - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sun, 01 Jun 2008 11:55:00 GMT
It was the sort of game that would make Reg Reagan proud. But in the end it was Panthers coach Mathew Elliot who was the proudest after his team won their second golden-point game of the season.
Leading 18-14 right before the final siren, Elliot would have had every right to look down at the ground and look for a hole big enough to swallow him after Cowboys centre Ashley Graham was awarded a try by video referee Bill Harrigan in the 79th minute.
A missed conversion from halfback Thurston then allowed the game to go into overtime.
This meant fans wanting to watch a replay of the Knights-Warriors game on pay television had to master the art of patience.
In the first period of golden-point, Penrith winger Jarrod Sammut – missed two shots at a drop goal. It was looking like a bad omen for Elliot.
But the home team didn’t fare much better either and after 88 minutes of more drama than an episode of Melrose Place, the final curtain came down when Sammut stepped out of dummy-half and slotted a field goal with some help from the right upright.

Caretaker Cowboys coach Ian Millward must now wait at least another week to experience his first victory in charge.
Despite playing in cooler conditions than what is the usual norm at Dairy Farmers Stadium, there was enough heat in the game to leave fans and media warm in their seats.
There was a touching confrontation between Carl Webb and Maurice Blair right before halftime that resulted in a wave of punches, leading to a royal rumble with players running in from everywhere.
In the second-half Cowboys lock Luke O’Donnell was then sent off in the 56th minute after appearing to raise his forearm while running into Panthers halfback Luke Lewis.
Lewis as a result was left holding his jaw on the ground for several minutes and left the field for a short period before later returning.
Touch judge Russell Turner then reported: “ The player in possession raises his elbow, hits face, intentional.”
O’Donnell didn’t take the news well and failed to remain silent upon hearing the verdict.
That incident seemed to inspire both teams to veer away from football and into ultimate fighting with a third dust-up giving the fans more then what they’d bargained for 10-minutes later.
The biff was on for young and old but you’d have to say that the fights ended up in a draw for the two teams who demonstrated on an equal scale that they could stand their ground.
In that regard both clubs came out winners.
PANTHERS 19 (L Rooney, B Tighe, M Jennings tries; J Sammut 3 goals, 1 field goal) d COWBOYS 18 (T Burns, A Graham, D Abraham tries; J Thurston 2, T Burns goals) at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Referee: A Shortall. Penalties: Cowboys 10-8 - Read More, Here