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Moylan magic steals NRL win for Penrith

NZN 10/06/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Two late try assists from Matt Moylan have fired Penrith to a stunning 24-20 comeback win over Canberra, lifting the Panthers into the NRL top eight.

Penrith trailed by eight points with three minutes to go on Saturday evening when Moylan put Corey Harawira-Naera over to give his side a sliver of hope.

And that hope turned into ecstasy for the crowd of 8730 in Bathurst where the captain sent Tyrone Peachey on the final play of the match to seal a dramatic win.

In his second week at five-eighth, Moylan finished the game with a try, two try assists, three line break assists and four tackle breaks.

Young fullback Dylan Edwards was also impressive, carrying the ball for a game-high 231 metres, breaking nine tackles and busting the line twice.

Panthers coach Anthony Griffin was confident his team could steal the two points despite looking out of the contest late in the match.

"I actually said in the box, if we could just get a score and stop the clock and get one set, it just felt all night we had some points in us, particularly through the middle," he said.

"But we just kept getting it wrong for long periods with the ball and put ourselves under a lot of pressure. The players never lost any belief, obviously."

The Raiders looked likely to make their own jump into the top eight when they took a big lead on the back of a five-minute explosion.

Down 12-10 with just over 20 minutes remaining, Elliott Whitehead soared over Moylan to take an Aidan Sezer bomb before offloading to Joey Leilua for the go-ahead try in the 57th minute.

Canberra then appeared set to run away with the game when a diving Nick Cotric crossed soon after to give his team a two-try advantage and a 20-12 lead.

And that's how the scoreline appeared to have finished before Moylan's late heroics, giving the Panthers their fourth-straight win and jumping the Raiders and Parramatta to eighth spot.

The incredible finish came a year after veteran Peter Wallace controversially nailed a 79th-minute field goal in the corresponding fixture last season.

In chilly conditions at Carrington Park, it took just four minutes for Jordan Rapana to extend his lead as leading tryscorer, 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.

Shattered Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was in no mood to discuss the game after the match.

"I don't think either side gave in until the end. It was just they came back with some good football and got us. It was there to be won," he said.

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