Monday April 21, 2014 @ 07:00pm
Penrith Panthers
Gold Coast Titans
Pepper Stadium
Half time Score: 12
Crowd: 9555
Half time Score: 6

Match Review

It wasn't pretty but Penrith coach Ivan Cleary won't mind after his side won a 14-12 grind over Gold Coast at Sportingbet Stadium tonight.

As has been the case throughout most matches in 2014 involving Gold Coast the result hung into the balance right up until the moment Titans halfback Albert Kelly bombed to the corner in the 80th minute.

Luckily for the Panthers and their supporters his kick was too long and Panthers winger Josh Mansour claimed possession to secure the win.

It was a match built on the back of superb defence from the home side who defended their line with plenty of scrambling defence.

Panthers halfback and man of the match Peter Wallace told Fox Sports following the game it was pleasing for the Panthers to return to the top eight after seven rounds.

It kept their win-loss-win-loss record in tact.

"We definitely made it hard for ourselves at the end and we knew the Titans would play the whole 80 minutes and it was good for us to win a grind like that.

"Our attack hasn't been that sharp, but we defended well."

The Panthers opened the scoring in the eighth minute through centre Dean Whare who finished off what appeared to be a simple backline move to the right hand side.

Five-eighth Jamie Soward held up the final pass until the gap in the Titans defence opened up and Whare won the race to the corner.

In the 30th minute the Panthers extended their lead to a converted try when fullback Matt Moylan scored his first try of the year in unusual circumstances.

On just play two Soward kicked into the in-goal for prop Sam McKendry before Titans fullback David Mead and hooker Beau Falloon spilled the ball under the posts, allowing Moylan to dive on the ball and score an opportunistic try.

Titans interchange forward Ryan James closed the gap to a converted try in the shadows of halftime when he burrowed over from close range.

A Soward penalty goal looked likely to be the only points of a dour second stanza until Titans five-eighth Aidan Sezer gave his side a glimmer of hope when he latched onto a grubber kick from halves partner Kelly to score alongside the posts 

The Titans then had a chance to win the match in the 80th minute but Kelly's cross-field kick would have too much weight on it and the Panthers held on. Next week Penrith head to the Shire for a clash with last-placed Cronulla, while the Titans will lick their wounds before heading to Leichhardt Oval for a clash with the Wests Tigers on Sunday.

Players of the Match

3. Peter Wallace

2. Jamal Idris

1. Matt Moylan

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