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    Panthers vs Cowboys

    NRL, 12 August, 2017

    Pepper Stadium
    Fulltime - Panthers 24, Cowboys 16
    Panthers   Cowboys
    24 FINAL SCORE 16
    4 TRIES 3
    Referee: Matt Cecchin
    Touch judges: Brett Suttor & Kasey Badger
    Video Referee: Luke Patten

    Match result:

    In a great advertisement for Rugby League, the Penrith Panthers have held off the North Queensland Cowboys at Pepper Stadium.

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    Final score
    Penrith Panthers 24
    North Queensland Cowboys 16

    Match preview:

    The Penrith Panthers and the North Queensland Cowboys will be, realistically, playing for spots in the lower half of the eight at Peppers Stadium, in a game that promises points and a close score line. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST).

    Having won nine of their last eleven, the Panthers surge into this game with momentum and form. While not capitulating after the loss of captain and spiritual leader, Johnathan Thurston, the Cowboys never look the same without him and appear to be limping home as the semi-finals approach.

    That’s not to say the Cowboys can’t pull off an upset. Penrith haven’t beaten the elite teams in recent weeks and the Cowboys have been far from poor.

    The Panthers have only faced one top-eight team in the last six weeks in a close win against the Eagles, in fact prior to that, the previous top eight club they faced was the Cowboys themselves, when the North Queenslanders snuck home 14-12 in round 16.

    The Cowboys come off two losses, however defeats at the hands of the clubs who sit one – two on the premiership ladder is no disgrace. Prior to those matches their form was solid against the Rabbitohs and the Warriors.

    The Panthers have named an unchanged team and hold faint hopes of a Matt Moylan return. The Cowboys have lost Gavin Cooper and Antonio Winterstein which forces a slight reshuffle and sees Ben Hampton come onto the interchange bench.

    This could be a shootout at the foot of the mountains. The Panthers recent wins haven’t been against top-class opposition and the Cowboys have done nothing wrong. In a high scoring upset, the Cowboys will edge the Panthers by 6.

    Catch all the action on The Roar live coverage from 7:30pm (AEST).

    Stuart Thomas is a sports writer and educator who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. An ex-trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72.

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    • 1:51pm
      casper said | 1:51pm | ! Report

      Anyone remember theCowboys tackling a Panthers player in goal, though because he had his hand stretched out with the ball in it in the air over the line, the ref was right there, points at the ball in the air over the line and allows the Panthers player to play the ball in the field of play.

      Now from my understanding is that if nothing is touching the ground inside the field of play how can the ball be determined in the field of play?

      Is that ref nuts? don’t they understand these concepts?

      In American football you only have to get the ball over the line to score, it dose not need to be “grounded”.

      Now from what I remember, I wasn’t watching Dallas Cowboys, vs Carolina Panthers Saturday night at the pub …

      • 9:03pm
        Matt said | 9:03pm | ! Report

        .. hmmm so it should been a line drop out instead of being handed the ball 5 metres out. Not sure how that helps change the result any.

    • 11:21am
      Matt said | 11:21am | ! Report

      Panthers are 10 wins of their last 12 games since round 10, after only 2 wins from first 9.
      If the season started in Round 10, they’d be 2 points clear of the Storm, and 4 clear of Roosters Broncos, 6 clear of Sharks Eagles and Eels.
      Hard to know why any team with that form is not being talked about more.
      Talk about who they’ve beaten, but you can only beat who’s in front of you on the park, right?
      All these guys know is that they keep singing the song. Game after game.

      Makes no difference to them if no one else cares.

      • Roar Rookie

        Leon Dimitresku said | 11:24am | ! Report

        They do that every season by snubbing them as they progress to the top.
        Maybe it’s snobbery because we are Westies?

        Who knows/who cares

      • Roar Rookie

        up in the north said | 5:09pm | ! Report

        And if my aunty had balls she’d be my uncle.

        Fact: cowbies have been decimated by injuries this year and arguably last year.

        Fact: cowbies have played this season like their lives depended on it. You can’t buy that stuff.

        Fact: the juniors coming through are outstanding. Simply the best.

        Fact : it’s 30 degrees in the middle of winter. Where would you rather be.

    • 9:43pm
      R N said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      Its great to support a team that never rolls over… even when they lose you can at least be satisfied they gave it their all!

      • Columnist

        Stuart Thomas said | 9:46pm | ! Report

        They should be proud of that effort tonight. Unlucky really. Probably entitled to win after 25 minutes. Looked the better team at that stage. A lot of things are going right for the Panthers.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 9:36pm | ! Report

      » Click here to read the full match report

      Final Score

      Penrith 24
      Cowboys 16

      Thanks for tuning in. See you next time on The Roar.

    • 9:28pm
      Jimmmy said | 9:28pm | ! Report

      The Cleary try save was crucial. No complaints with the result and very proud of the way the Cows go about their game . Well done boys.

      • Roar Rookie

        steveng said | 2:38pm | ! Report

        That was a ‘dead set try’ the ball touched the turf, bunkers are bs!!! That ‘fend off’ by Zelezniak on Morgan (that put him out) should have been penalised, there was another late ‘flop stiff arm’ by Zelezniak on Morgan and nothing was done, that should have been penalised. Zelezniak is a dirty reckless player and the refs should have a close look at him whenever he tackles and runs.

    • 9:22pm
      Big D said | 9:22pm | ! Report

      ha so channel 9 just said penrith have some improvements in them..
      on that showing against a depleted Cowboys I would say out in straight sets come finals time.

      • Columnist

        Stuart Thomas said | 9:40pm | ! Report

        Their last tackle options were absolutely appalling. Cleary really turned that game on his own.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 9:22pm | ! Report

      Full-time. And the Panthers move into the top six.

      Final Score

      Penrith 24
      Cowboys 16

      Match report to follow.

      Thanks for tuning in to the blog. Hope you enjoyed the coverage.

    • 9:22pm
      willy said | 9:22pm | ! Report

      phil gould doesnt commentate when panthers are on tv. can we not have locky on when a qld team plays. bloody terrible.

    • 9:21pm
      Jarryd said | 9:21pm | ! Report

      Don’t get the moylan hype. Looks like your classic ball hog who tries for a hero play 9 times out of 10. Taking on the line on the last tackle then throwing a flick pass to his prop sums up his play.

      Penrith look a much better side with edwards at the back, cleary running the show at 7 and a 6 who plays his sidekick.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 9:20pm | ! Report

      Last tackle option for the Cowboys is weak and the Panthers will work it away.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 9:19pm | ! Report

      Obstruction Penalty to the Cowboys and they will have one last shot at the line.

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