Top 9 Moments at the Nines
From cracking tries to thrilling tackles, here's the best nine moments for the Panthers at the Auckland Nines.
Tamou double vs the Bulldogs: Game 1 – 3:40 & 13:45.
James Tamou marked his Panthers debut with a devastating performance that included two bonus point tries.
Tyrone May assists vs the Sharks: Game 2 – 7:20 & 9:30
With the team on the back foot early against the reigning NRL Premiers, Tyrone May stood up to lead the comeback with two try assists.
Jed Cartwright offload/Edwards try vs Titans: Game 3 - 6:40
Jed Cartwright showed a dazzling piece of skill we’ve become accustomed to from a Cartwright in a Panthers jumper before Dylan Edwards capped it off with a flamboyant finish.
Dylan Edwards runs down Leihava Pulu vs Titans: Game 3 – 12:25
Leihava Pulu was set to score if not for a last ditch tackle from Dylan Edwards after he ran from the other side of the field to stop his much larger opponent just inches shy of the try line.
Waqa Blake 60m solo run vs Manly: QF – 1:10 in first half
Waqa Blake got Penrith off to the perfect start in their sudden death match against Manly as he left the defence for dead to sprint away and put the Panthers ahead.
Golden Try thriller vs Manly: QF – 1:10 in extra time
In the first Golden Try match of the tournament, Sitaleki Akauola thought he had won it for the Panthers but was held up over the line. We would only have to wait until the next play as Moses Leota put Tyrone May in space to clinch a spot in the semi-finals.
Waqa Blake 65m run and double vs Eels: SF - 4:20 & 15:10
Blake once again proved to be a handful for the opposition as he stepped around three defenders and outran another two on his way to the try line. He would then seal Penrith’s spot in the Grand Final courtesy of his second try.
MWZ long range chase to score: SF – 12:30
After sustained pressure on our defensive line from the Eels, the Panthers were forced to kick from well inside their own half but a determined chase from Malakai Watene-Zelezniak led to the second try of the game.
Cleary break and try: GF – 16:35
Trailing by six with just over a minute to go in the decider, Nathan Cleary provided his team with a moment of magic to bring them back to within just two points after slicing through the defence and racing over to score.