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Owen Craigie potted his first ever field goal to seal a 23-16 victory for his team at Penrith Football Stadium. This followed the match winning try by Shane Rigon, playing his 100th first grade game, after he ran off an excellent offload from Nathan DeBartolo.
The win however may have come at a price with DeBartolo on report for a dangerous throw while Souths captain Adam Muir, also on report was stretchered off after falling awkwardly and badly spraining his ankle.
The Panthers who led for much of the match will count the reasons for the loss with two tries conceded following handling errors near their own line.
League Unlimited best players: 3 - Owen Craigie (Souths) 2 - Shane Rigon (Souths) 1 - Nathan Debartolo (Souths)
7:30PM, Sat 06 July 2002 Penrith Football Stadium Referee: T Mander
Penrith Panthers 16 (Tries: Hicks, Puleatua, Wesser. Goals: Hicks 2/3 ) South Sydney Rabbitohs 23 (Tries: Craigie 2, Grose, Rigon. Goals: Craigie 3/4. Field goals: Craigie 1)