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Panthers claw back to snuff out the
Trailing 10-6 at half time, Penrith looked to have the task ahead of them. But with Tony Puletua leading the way with some barnstorming runs, the Panthers came back - Trent Waterhouse scoring the winning try late in the match.
Saturday 19 April 2003 Aussie Stadium Referee: Steve Lyons
Scorers: Souths 14 Tries: McKinnon 2, Peters Goals: Smith 1/3 defeated by Panthers 16 Tries: Lewis, Puletua, Waterhouse Goals: Campbell 2/4
League Unlimited Player of the Year: 3 - T Puletua (Panthers) 2 - J Smith (Rabbitohs) 1 - L Priddis (Panthers)
By the clock: 4 min: PENALTY GOAL - Panthers. Panthers 2-0
15 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Wade McKinnon scores. Conversion Justin Smith unsuccessful. Rabbitohs 4-2
26 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Willie Peters scores. Conversion Smith. Rabbitohs 10-2
37 min: TRY - Panthers. Luke Lewis scores. Conversion unsuccessful. Rabbitohs 10-6
HALF TIME: Souths dominating and Panthers fortunate to be only 4 points behind.
58 min: TRY - Panthers. Tony Puletua scores. Campbell misses conversion 10m from the uprights. 10-all
67 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. McKinnon gets a double scoring in the corner. Conversion Smith unsuccessful. Rabbitohs 14-10
75 min: TRY - Panthers. Trent Waterhouse scores 5m from the uprights. Campbell nails the conversion. Panthers in front 16-14
FULL TIME: Great comeback from Penrith in the second half. Souths looked the good early on but were unable to come up with the points in what was a tight match. Panthers 16-14