Penrith and Brisbane have fought out a rare draw in a dour struggle at CUA Stadium tonight. The match was tied at 12 points apiece at fulltime which meant golden point and the usual field goalathon. No side could get close enough to be assured of the win though and the match petered out to the draw with four attempts at field goal, (Panthers three, Broncos one) all taken from outside the 30 metre zone.
In what many thought would be a cakewalk for the talented Panthers side, it was the home team who scored first in the 24th minute after quick hands by Pritchard found Rooney in space who then ran 30 metres and kicked for Lewis. Unfortunately for Rooney, that was his last involvement of the night after he suffered a hamstring tear. Brisbane hit back with a try to Dave Taylor after a Penrith penalty goal to tie the scores at six all. Brisbane then continued with their obvious tactic of dummy half running from the outside backs and that was the way the scores stayed until halftime.
Penrith then kicked another penalty goal before Corey Parker scored following good lead up work by big man Dave Taylor, who just keeps making the big plays when they are needed. Ennis converted to give the Broncos a four point buffer and it stayed that way until the 73rd minute when Michael Jennings showed why he is considered one of the most talented players in the game. Jennings latched on to a Wade Graham long ball and beat four defenders in an Inglis-like run down the left hand touchline.
Shane Perry and Lachlan Coote both missed shots at field goal in normal time to take it to golden point, which turned into an arm wrestle in which neither side could gain the upper hand. Coote had three shots at goal, and Greg Eastwood another. All were wide of the mark and that brought us to the inevitable conclusion - the tie. It Like