THE Northern Eagles
survived a second half burst from Penrith to register
their first away win of the National Rugby League season
with a 28-24 victory at Penrith Stadium.
The Panthers trailed 28-8 seven minutes into the second
half before piling on three tries to narrow the gap to
four points with 10 minutes remaining.
But some desperate defence from the Eagles and some silly
mistakes from Penrith denied the home side a share of the
The Eagles took control of the match with a seven minute
blitz to open the second half, adding a penalty goal
through Luke Williamson before centre Ben MacDougall
scored a superb 60 metre solo try to make the visitor's
The Panthers hit back when winger Chris Hicks jumped over
John Hopoate to score, reducing the Eagles' lead to 16
Then captain Craig Gower kicked into gear, breaking the
Eagles' defence to put the visitors on the attack.
After Eagles winger John Hopoate stopped a certain try,
five-eighth Scott Sattler went over with Gary Winter
draped around his legs to score under the posts, Gower
kicking the conversion to make the score 28-18.
The Panthers then set up a heart-stopping finish when
Hicks crossed for his second try off a suspect pass from
centre Geoff Bell and then converted his own try to
narrow the lead to four points with ten minutes
(R Miles 2 L Dorn M Kaufusi B MacDougall tries;
L Williamson 4 goals)
(C Hicks 2 L Lewis G Bell S Sattler tries, C
Hicks C Gower goals)
Penrith Stadium 23 June 2002.