It was the lesser known fullback that came out on top against his more experienced and representative counterpart in Josh Dugan, as Penrith Panthers fullback Matt Moylan continued his wonderful debut season, contributing to his side’s 25-10 victory over the Dragons.
Sparking his side in the first half, he overshadowed the more experienced campaigner in Josh Dugan who was left quite dazed when he was on the receiving end of a Tim Grant hit.
The game was at one stage evenly poised when the Dragons pulled the lead back to three points, though two late tries for the Panthers put the game to bed and left St George Illawarra Dragons fans disappointed.
To compound the loss, Dragons prop Dan Hunt went off with a knee injury.
“I think the ligaments are OK,” Dragons coach Steve Price said of Hunt.
“He’ll have scans in the week and hopefully it’s not too serious.”
On the can electronic cigarettes be taken on a plane game itself, Price was disappointed with his side’s execution.
“We put ourselves in positions to win the game … our execution at crucial times of the game really hurt us,” he said.
“There were far too many turnovers in crucial parts of the game and it’s not good enough at this level.”
With the game one that will make the Panthers battle-hardened, the win moves the Panthers into the top 8 and leaves coach Ivan Cleary rather pleased.
“They got the jump on us early, we made a few fundamental mistakes early but we ground our way to get a result,” Cleary said.
“They were on top early, kicking well and not making errors and we struggled to get out of our own end … it was probably the first time this year that we’ve won a game when we were a little bit off.”
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