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Penrith Panthers spoiled the celebration for the Melbourne Hurricane with a 22-16 win at AAMI Park. (AAP: Julian Smith)
The Hurricane lose to the Panthers at AAMI Park — and feature to pray the Roosters do not thrash bottom-of-the-ladder Parramatta to thieve the minor premiership — after the Warriors dangle off the Raiders for a win.
Panthers ruin the Celebration for Hurricane at AAMI Park
Harm-ravaged Melbourne Hurricane have blown the risk to wrap up their 3rd successive NRL minor premiership with Penrith profitable a 22-16 arm battle at AAMI Park.
The Hurricane loss opened the door for the Sydney Roosters to say the JJ Giltinan Defend, they want to beat last-placed Parramatta on Saturday evening and make up a 27-point differential to transport forward of Melbourne at the ladder.
Penrith winger Josh Mansour scored a take a look at in each and every half of whilst centre Waqa Blake additionally accumulated a double.
The Hurricane had been enormously undermanned, with halves Cameron Munster and Brodie Croft overdue scratchings with knee accidents, becoming a member of an already bulging casualty ward.
They had been already with out Billy Slater who remained in North Queensland on private depart with promising teenager Scott Drinkwater passed his NRL debut at full-back.
Drinkwater seemed proper at house with some thrilling runs and was once rewarded with a overdue take a look at that might turn out the most important within the minor premiership mathematical equation.
The Hurricane led 10-6 at half-time after a strange opening 40 mins that noticed Penrith’s each Mansour and James Tamou sinbinned with the guests hammered 11-Four within the penalty rely through referee Gerard Sutton.
Mansour was once given day out for pulling at the arm of Hurricane winger Justin Olam as he attempted to attain whilst Tamou was once pinged after repeated infringements through his staff.
In Mansour’s absence Hurricane second-rower Felise Kaufusi dummied after which barged in the course of the defence, with the conversion giving his staff a Eight-Four lead.
Melbourne blew 3 tries with Olam two times going into contact as he tried to flooring the ball whilst Drinkwater’s effort was once dominated no take a look at because of obstruction.
Mansour’s moment six mins into the second one half of levelled the ranking at 10-10 because the Panthers, who had by no means ahead of received at AAMI Park, began to dominate.
The scoreboard saved ticking over via Blake’s two tries after which winger Christian Crichton, who confirmed his pace in a 60 metre sprint to the road.
Drinkwater gave his staff a sniff together with his 75th minute take a look at and so they threw the whole lot at Penrith however could not arise the match-winner.
Warriors recover from the road in opposition to Raiders
Simon Mannering (C) was the primary Warriors participant to play 300 video games, however he was once injured in opposition to the Raiders. (AAP: David Rowland)
The Warriors were given the gritty pre-finals win they sought after with a 20-16 win over Canberra in a milestone evening for the Kiwi NRL membership.
With guy of the instant Simon Mannering observing on injured, the Warriors did sufficient in the second one half of to win a bruising affair in entrance of a sold-out Mt Good Stadium on Friday.
Part-back Shaun Johnson slotted two consequences to position the hosts in entrance close to the top. It was once very similar to when the groups met in spherical 3, when Johnson’s two overdue box objectives suggested them house 20-19.
The end result rockets the Warriors from 8th to 5th early within the ultimate spherical of the common season.
Having received 4 in their final 5 video games, they may but host a finals event in Auckland.
Alternatively, they are going to need to go the Tasman if two of the Panthers, Dragons and Broncos put up wins this weekend.
The arm-wrestle nature of the event was once becoming for workhorse Mannering, who was the primary participant to notch 300 suits for the Warriors.
His involvement within the post-season is doubtful, then again, after exiting quickly after halftime with an obvious sternum harm.
It was once additionally an emotional evening for the Raiders, who farewelled forwards Shannon Boyd and Junior Paulo, in conjunction with five-eighth Blake Austin.
It was once the 8th sport Canberra have misplaced through not up to six issues this season.
They hit the entrance when a Sam Williams 40-20 arrange the hole attempt to Josh Papalii, who spun over in Johnson’s take on.
Centre Solomone Kata and winger David Fusitu’a put the Warriors up with unconverted tries ahead of Williams levelled the half-time ranking at Eight-Eight with a penalty.
Fusitu’a’s take a look at got here by means of an outrageous no-look flick cross from centre Peta Hiku, extending the winger’s competition-leading take a look at tally to 22.
Hiku sliced over in a while after the destroy, as soon as once more down a Warriors proper edge which has been menacing all season.
Canberra answered when Jordan Rapana saved a grubber kick alive within the in-goal and Elliott Whitehead pounced on Kata’s blunder.
Williams levelled at 16-16 with a penalty ahead of Johnson’s dual consequences.
Canberra two times seemed to go in an exciting ultimate seven mins however Austin (knock-on) and Williams (obstruction) had been each denied tries through the bunker.