Viliame Kikau has pulled off the defensive play of the 12 months to assist the Panthers declare a 12-10 win within the grand remaining rematch over the Melbourne Storm at Penrith Stadium.
- Viliame Kikau made a determined sort out to carry up Justin Olam over the road within the final play of the match
- The Panthers had taken the lead within the dying minutes courtesy of a transformed Kurt Capewell attempt
- The house aspect had misplaced to the Storm in final 12 months’s grand remaining
With the Storm on the assault after the siren and the ball going from side-to-side, the reigning premiers appeared sure to attain when Justin Olam went over the road.
However Kikau, who had been taken out earlier within the play and was left sprawled on the bottom, sprinted throughout area to carry Olam up and save the attempt.
It ended an exciting conflict that swung backwards and forwards within the remaining 12 minutes after scores had been locked at 6-6 for almost all of the second half.
Josh Addo-Carr appeared as if he had scored the match winner for the Storm when he went over from a scrum play, placing the Storm up 10-6.
The Panthers then took the lead with two minutes to play when Paul Momirovksi flicked a ball to Charlie Staines, who stepped and located Kurt Capewell again inside him.
Stephen Crichton transformed to present the Panthers the lead with a minute on the clock, however the Storm regathered the ball after a Penrith error from the kick off.
However Kikau’s heroics after the siren saved the day for the Panthers, who misplaced 26-20 to the Storm 5 months to the day in final October’s grand remaining.
The win got here at a value for Penrith, nonetheless, with their backbone now additional weakened with a suspected damaged hand to fullback Dylan Edwards.
A fortnight after Apisai Koroisau broke his wrist and with Nathan Cleary out by concussion, Edwards didn’t return after half-time.
Edwards had been the hosts’ greatest within the first half, earlier than his damage left Tyrone Could filling in and the Panthers going through a scarcity of their backline.
In the meantime, the NRL’s most talked about half Matt Burton didn’t disappoint deputising for Cleary.
There was nothing spectacular from Burton however there was loads of indicators of why Canterbury are so determined to get their arms on him earlier than his deliberate transfer this summer time.
The 21-year-old lived as much as Cleary’s claims he had the “biggest boot” he had ever seen, together with his spiral torpedoes repeatedly getting Penrith out of hassle.
Nicho Hynes was very good for the Storm filling for Ryan Papenhuyzen at fullback, creating the numbers for Addo-Carr’s late match-winning attempt when he swapped sides on the scrum.
Brandon Smith additionally had his greatest match of the 12 months at hooker, scoring the opening attempt for the Storm after a Tom Eisenhuth one-on-one strip on Brian To’o.