Penrith and Parramatta renew one of the great Rugby League derbies tonight at Pepper Stadium. Flashback Friday goes back to 2011 for one of the most memorable showdowns between the bitter rivals, featuring one of the most miraculous regulation-time finishes in premiership history.
Parramatta led Penrith 22-16 in the dying stages of a seesawing affair that double as captain Nathan Hindmarsh’s 300th match, when Jarryd Hayne attempted to put in a clearing last tackle kick for the Eels.
The ball rebounded off a Panthers player and was cleaned up by Luke Burt, who took the tackle 10 metres out from his own line with 10 seconds remaining. But the referee ruled the ball had not been charged down and ordered a turnover, controversially calling time off.
The Panthers played the ball with two seconds on the clock, desperately flinging the ball from one sideline to the other and back again before the ball landed in Michael Jennings’ hands.
The quicksilver centre evaded several Eels defenders, then put in a grubber kick which was pounced on by Penrith fullback Lachlan Coote – 20 seconds after the siren had sounded. Travis Burns’ conversion locked up the scores and halfback Luke Walsh’s field goal with four minutes of golden point left secured an extraordinary win for the Panthers.