A Chris Sandow area objective with just seconds left in additional time handed Parramatta a thrilling 19-18 golden point NRL win more than neighborhood rivals Penrith at Centrebet Stadium on Saturday night.
Having missed with two earlier attempts at the match-winner both in regulation and golden point, Sandow piloted over the shot from 30 metres with 34 seconds remaining to finally separate the two sides at the bottom of the ladder.
Seemingly gone, trailing 18-six with just 12 minutes remaining, veteran Nathan Hindmarsh inspired a stunning Eels revival as he wound back the clock with a bust down the brief side to send fellow impending retiree Luke Burt over below the posts.
Hindmarsh then laid on the vital ball for Fuifui Moimoi charging downfield, the huge prop at some point locating Jarryd Hayne to lock it up with six minutes to go.
Sandow and Harry Siejka each pushed area purpose attempts wide just before additional time, Lachlan Coote’s blushes saved in the additional time period when Ken Sio was millimetres too late to grounding a ball the Panthers fullback desperately wanted to roll dead.
Penrith dominated the opening time period but a try out to Eels centre Ryan Morgan just prior to the break meant they had nothing at all to display for it as they went to the sheds locked at six-6.
Having had few cracks at the Panthers line, the Eels went from deep in their very own territory as Joseph Paulo put Morgan away – three defenders left in his wake in a 55 metre run top rated the line.
The Panthers signalled their intentions to assault Parramatta’s right edge early in the contest, and it paid dividends with Luke Lewis scything above 10 minutes in.
But in spite of many half breaks and a six-one penalty count in their favour they were unable to add to their tally, Coote kicking the ball out of Ken Sio’s hands as he attempted to score in the corner.
The momentum of Morgan’s try out carried over into the second half as the Eels pushed for a lead, and it got worse for the Panthers as Luke Walsh left the area with a subluxed shoulder on 50 minutes.
Then Etu Uaisele turned the game when Jarryd Hayne fumbled following getting a appear at Penrith defence, Uaisele choosing up the scraps and racing 85 metres to score.
It was a play which modified the game as David Simmons crossed 3 minutes later on – the 18-six scoreline much more indicative of the residence side’s domination just before Parramatta’s late comeback.
“I had two practices ahead of, I couldn’t fairly hit them as I’m employed to hitting them,” Sandow stated of his earlier area objective attempts.
“The 3rd one came off the boot truly sweet … once I kicked it I knew it was going above.”
Under pressure with his side rooted at the bottom of the ladder, Eels coach Stephen Kearney could even see the humorous side of Sandow’s late heroics.
“He hits them from 50 metres out at education and trust me they all go sailing via the posts,” he said.
“I was getting a minor frustrated there.”
For Panthers coach Ivan Cleary, it was but one more a single that got away.
“You can add that to a fairly extended list this year – there is probably 4 or five games where we’ve led with 10 (minutes) to go,” Cleary stated.
“We got ourselves ahead there … all of a sudden it is 18-12 and they are coming at you.
“We’re undertaking a bit of clock watching and before we knew it, it was game on.”