31 May 2011

Penrith beat Souths

5:57 am on 31 May 2011

Penrith have beaten South Sydney 22-10 in their National Rugby League clash at Panthers Stadium.

The Panthers moved to within one win of the top eight with a gutsy victory in driving rain, but the Rabbitohs were every chance until the 71st minute, when full-back Lachlan Coote confirmed the home side's triumph with a lucky, but intelligent piece of play.

Coote found Masada Iosefa on his inside with a clever ball, but the replacement utility dropped the ball cold.

However unbeknownst to the player himself, and Rabbitohs back rower Chris McQueen who had a chance to clean up, Iosefa had managed to fortuitously drop the ball onto his foot, constituting a kick.

Coote chased through and grounded the ball, while McQueen - expecting to hear the referee's whistle - did not do a thing.

The video referee showed the green light and the Rabbitohs lost any chance of what seemed like a possible comeback after they had fought hard to cut the margin to just a converted try.