St John’s gun Matt Burton’s stellar run with Penrith’s SG Ball premiership winning group continued last weekend when the Panthers raced to a 22-0 lead before hanging on to secure a 38-32 win over Queensland’s under 18s champions Souths Logan.
Burton scored a try in the first half as the NSWRL premiers raced to the early lead at Redcliffe's Dolphin Stadium on Saturday, the Panthers holding on to be crowned national champions over the Mal Meninga Cup title holders in thrilling circumstances.
The Magpies drew level with less than two minutes to go and the match looked certain for extra time until flying winger Zach Cini broke through to score in the dying stages of the final, after Penrith shaped up for the drop goal in a bid to break the deadlock.
Forbes gun Charlie Staines lined up at fullback for the Panthers, with both the Magpies star and Burton capping a tremendous campaign with the Panthers as national champions.
- PENRITH PANTHERS 38 (Z Cini 2, M Trindall, C Chapman, M Burton, S Crichton, E Clark-Wood tries; S Crichton 4, S Blore goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 32 (E Coulston 2, F Niu, F Takataka, D Fifita, V Finau tries; T Boyd 4 goals)