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Moylan magic steals NRL win for Penrith

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/06/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Two Matt Moylan try assists in the final three minutes have fired Penrith to a stunning 24-20 comeback win over Canberra and temporarily move into the NRL top eight.

The Panthers trailed by eight points on Saturday evening when Moylan put Corey Harawira-Naera over in Bathurst, before the captain then sent Tyrone Peachey across on the final play of the match.

Penrith earlier looked to be cruising to an easy win when Nathan Cleary crossed in the first set after halftime to give the hosts a 12-4 lead.

However, the Raiders blew the game open for the 8730 crowd with two tries in four minutes.

First, Elliott Whitehead soared and offloaded to Joey Leilua for the go-ahead try in the 57th minute, before a diving Nick Cotric made it 20-12 soon after.

And that's how the scorelined appeared to have finished before Moylan's late heroics, giving the Panthers their fourth-straight win and momentarily move into the top half of the ladder.

It took just four minutes for Jordan Rapana to extend his lead atop the competition's tryscoring list, the Raiders' winger finishing off a set piece from the scrum for first points.

Penrith hit back when Moylan beat a rushing defensive line, however that's how the scoreline remained until the break despite both teams giving everything in attack.

In a fiery end to the first half, forwards Harawira-Naera and Joseph Tapine were sin-binned for slapping that instigated a minor scuffle after the halftime siren.

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