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The Penrith Panthers have defeated the Brisbane Broncos 13-6 at Suncorp Stadium this evening.
Following tries to Tony Puletua and Rhys Wesser, the Panthers held a handy 12-0 lead at half time.
The Broncos came back in the second half with a try to Dane Carlaw but Penrith were able to hold the home side out - Ryan Girdler kicking the decisive field goal with four minutes to spare.
BRONCOS 6 Tries: Carlaw Goals: De Vere 1/2 defeated by PANTHERS 13 Tries: Puletua, Wesser Goals: Girdler 2/2 Field Goal: Gower
Friday 8th August 2003 7:30 PM Suncorp Stadium Referee: T Mander Video Referee: G West
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - L Priddis (Panthers) 2 - C Gower(Panthers) 1 - C Parker (Broncos)
By the clock: 0 min: Kickoff!
8 min: Still nil-all. Handling errors from both sides with Brisbane getting slightly more ball.
12 min: TRY - Panthers. Tony Puletua scores. Conversion Ryan Girdler successful. Panthers 6-0
20 min: Still 6-0. The Panthers getting ample possession now.
22 min: TRY - Panthers. Rhys Wesser scores. Conversion Girdler is successful. Panthers 12-0
35 min: Still 12-0 in favour of the Panthers.
HALF TIME: Panthers in front but both sides need improvement to complete their sets: Broncos 17/23; Panthers 15/23. Possession favours Broncos 55% who looked to be gaining the ascendancy late in the half but are still yet to post their first points. Panthers 12-0
47 min: TRY - Broncos. Dane Carlaw scores. Conversion Michael De Vere unsuccessful. Panthers 12-4
60 min: Still 12-4 in favour of Penrith.
70 min: PENALTY GOAL - Broncos. De Vere puts Brisbane within striking range. Broncos still enjoying 55% possession. Panthers 12-6
76 min: FIELD GOAL - Panthers. Craig Gower puts the match beyond doubt. Panthers 13-6
FULL TIME: A winning second half defensive effort from Penrith. Luke Priddis putting in a commanding 56 tackles. Possession: Broncos 56% Tackles: Broncos 291; Panthers 327. Panthers victorious 13-6.