Brent Naden scored an NRL strive for the ages and James Maloney had the ultimate say as Penrith snatched a dramatic 19-18 golden level win over the Warriors in Auckland.
The Panthers unleashed one of many gutsiest performances seen on Mt Sensible Stadium, overcoming two contentious sin bin rulings and a 10-point deficit to notch their fifth straight win.
Rookie centre Naden was the hero with two tries within the remaining half-hour, together with a memorable 90-metre solo strive with three minutes remaining to place his workforce two factors in entrance.
Maloney was deemed offside from the following Warriors quick kick-off and Patrick Herbert held his nerve, levelling the scores with a 35m penalty within the remaining minute of normal time.
Per week after his influential State of Origin efficiency for NSW and with out injured halves companion Nathan Cleary, Maloney capped an distinctive recreation with the successful area purpose, after he and reverse Blake Inexperienced had each missed earlier makes an attempt.
Maloney additionally laid on two of his workforce’s three tries, establishing a leaping Naden with a pinpoint bomb to start out the fightback from 16-6 down.
The Warriors appeared destined to finish their depressing run of house kind when David Fusitu’a crossed after a fuming Penrith had been decreased to 11 gamers.
Maloney, who had a operating battle with referee Gerard Sutton, was firstly enraged by Liam Martin’s 10-minute punishment for repeated Panthers offending quickly earlier than halftime.
He believed he hadn’t been given ample warning sin bin was looming.
The veteran’s blood stress doubled quickly after the break when halves companion Jarome Luai was given his marching orders, decreasing the guests to 11 for 3 minutes.
Sutton deemed Luai had dedicated an expert foul for tripping Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – a questionable ruling on two counts. The contact appeared unintended and Tuivasa-Sheck had already knocked on within the lead-up.
Maloney’s males by some means regrouped in essentially the most spectacular win of their mid-season revival, highlighted by 23-year-old Naden’s defence shredding run in simply his fourth NRL recreation.