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Penrith Panthers spoiled the party for the Melbourne Storm with a 22-16 win at AAMI Park. (AAP: Julian Smith)
The Storm lose to the Panthers at AAMI Park — and need to hope the Roosters do not thrash bottom-of-the-ladder Parramatta to steal the minor premiership — after the Warriors maintain off the Raiders for a win.
Panthers spoil the Get together for Storm at AAMI Park
Damage-ravaged Melbourne Storm have blown the prospect to wrap up their third successive NRL minor premiership with Penrith successful a 22-16 arm wrestle at AAMI Park.
The Storm loss opened the door for the Sydney Roosters to assert the JJ Giltinan Defend, they should beat last-placed Parramatta on Saturday night time and make up a 27-point differential to maneuver forward of Melbourne on the ladder.
Penrith winger Josh Mansour scored a strive in every half whereas centre Waqa Blake additionally collected a double.
The Storm had been drastically undermanned, with halves Cameron Munster and Brodie Croft late scratchings with knee accidents, becoming a member of an already bulging casualty ward.
They had been already with out Billy Slater who remained in North Queensland on private depart with promising teenager Scott Drinkwater handed his NRL debut at full-back.
Drinkwater seemed proper at residence with some thrilling runs and was rewarded with a late strive that might show essential within the minor premiership mathematical equation.
The Storm led 10-6 at half-time after a weird opening 40 minutes that noticed Penrith’s each Mansour and James Tamou sinbinned with the guests hammered 11-Four within the penalty rely by referee Gerard Sutton.
Mansour was given outing for pulling on the arm of Storm winger Justin Olam as he tried to attain whereas Tamou was pinged after repeated infringements by his crew.
In Mansour’s absence Storm second-rower Felise Kaufusi dummied after which barged by the defence, with the conversion giving his crew a 8-Four lead.
Melbourne blew three tries with Olam twice going into contact as he tried to floor the ball whereas Drinkwater’s effort was dominated no strive resulting from obstruction.
Mansour’s second six minutes into the second half levelled the rating at 10-10 because the Panthers, who had by no means earlier than gained at AAMI Park, began to dominate.
The scoreboard stored ticking over by Blake’s two tries after which winger Christian Crichton, who confirmed his velocity in a 60 metre sprint to the road.
Drinkwater gave his crew a sniff together with his 75th minute strive and so they threw every thing at Penrith however could not come up the match-winner.
Warriors recover from the road in opposition to Raiders
Simon Mannering (C) became the first Warriors player to play 300 games, but he was injured against the Raiders. (AAP: David Rowland)
The Warriors obtained the gritty pre-finals win they needed with a 20-16 win over Canberra in a milestone night time for the Kiwi NRL membership.
With man of the second Simon Mannering watching on injured, the Warriors did sufficient within the second half to win a bruising affair in entrance of a sold-out Mt Good Stadium on Friday.
Half-back Shaun Johnson slotted two penalties to place the hosts in entrance close to the top. It was much like when the groups met in spherical three, when Johnson’s two late subject objectives steered them residence 20-19.
The end result rockets the Warriors from eighth to fifth early within the ultimate spherical of the common season.
Having gained 4 of their final 5 video games, they might but host a finals match in Auckland.
Nonetheless, they must cross the Tasman if two of the Panthers, Dragons and Broncos put up wins this weekend.
The arm-wrestle nature of the match was becoming for workhorse Mannering, who grew to become the primary participant to notch 300 matches for the Warriors.
His involvement within the post-season is unsure, nevertheless, after exiting quickly after halftime with an obvious sternum damage.
Warriors v Raiders chalkboard
It was additionally an emotional night time for the Raiders, who farewelled forwards Shannon Boyd and Junior Paulo, together with five-eighth Blake Austin.
It was the eighth sport Canberra have misplaced by lower than six factors this season.
They hit the entrance when a Sam Williams 40-20 arrange the opening attempt to Josh Papalii, who spun over in Johnson’s deal with.
Centre Solomone Kata and winger David Fusitu’a put the Warriors up with unconverted tries earlier than Williams levelled the half-time rating at 8-Eight with a penalty.
Fusitu’a’s strive got here by way of an outrageous no-look flick go from centre Peta Hiku, extending the winger’s competition-leading strive tally to 22.
Hiku sliced over shortly after the break, as soon as once more down a Warriors proper edge which has been menacing all season.
Canberra responded when Jordan Rapana stored a grubber kick alive within the in-goal and Elliott Whitehead pounced on Kata’s blunder.
Williams levelled at 16-16 with a penalty earlier than Johnson’s twin penalties.
Canberra twice appeared to cross in an exciting ultimate seven minutes however Austin (knock-on) and Williams (obstruction) had been each denied tries by the bunker.