Penrith NRL comeback again, beat Souths

By , 25/04/2020 19:39

Despite South Sydney’s dominant first half, Penrith have come back to win their NRL clash 18-14.Penrith have cemented their status as the NRL’s early-season comeback kings, after beating South Sydney 18-14 and fighting from 14-0 down for a second-straight week.
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A week after overcoming the same deficit to beat Parramatta at the same venue, the Panthers endured a pointless first half against the Rabbitohs on Saturday before piling on three second-half tries.

The last came with just four minutes remaining, a spectacular five-pass final-tackle play as the Panthers spread it right before offloading, allowing Nathan Cleary to provide a short lofted inside ball for Tyrone Peachey to burrow his way over.

Making Peachey’s effort even more remarkable was the fact it came after he spent the first 63 minutes of the game on the bench – the last 10 of those pacing the sideline and looking at the coach’s box desperate to get on.

The hosts survived a last-ditch Rabbitohs effort at Panthers Stadium, after Cleary missed a field goal on the siren and Souths attempted to catch it and go the length of the field.

Penrith had some assistance in the comeback, after Greg Inglis was ruled out of the last 33 minutes of the match and the Rabbitohs struggled to spark anything in attack.

Trent Merrin and Waqa Blake scored second-half tries, Merrin’s effort to open the account coming after he pushed and spun his way over to get the ball down backwards over his head.

Blake’s came with 15 minutes to play, setting up the grandstand finish.

Earlier, the Rabbitohs looked to have control of the match with a dominant opening half.

They had their first in the 15th minute via a length-of-the-field effort through five sets of hands, kick started by a Richard Kennar bust and finished by a jinking Cody Walker run.

Hooker Damien Cook – easily one of the Rabbitohs’ best – scored their other before halftime when he broke through the middle of a seemingly tired defensive line and set up the 14-0 lead.

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