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Panthers' Moylan devastated by NRL loss

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/07/2016

A despondent Matt Moylan says the Panthers have paid dearly for failing to hang on to the ball in their extra-time loss to the Warriors.

A Shaun Johnson try with less than a minute left condemned the Panthers to a 20-16 defeat and a spot outside the top eight with five matches remaining.

The try capped off a period of extra-time dominance for the Warriors, who had two earlier attempts to put the game away through Johnson and Issac Luke.

Panthers fullback Moylan struggled to find the right words to describe his disappointment following Saturday's match at Mt Smart Stadium.

"Both sides were desperate for a win, it was an important game," Moylan said.

"I was confident with the way we were going and that we'd put a bit of pressure on them, but we turned over too much ball."

The Panthers pegged back an eight-point Warriors lead in the second half to take the match into golden point, having scored through two Josh Mansour efforts.

They did this by keeping it simple, according to their captain.

"Playing direct and being pretty aggressive with the ball, and showing up for each other in defence," Moylan said.

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