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Panthers Avoid Spoon, Farewell Simmons In Style

  • Panthers Avoid Spoon, Farewell Simmons In Style
Dubbed the #SpoonBowl, the Round 26 clash between Penrith and Newcastle certainly lived up to its name - though the Panthers had the last laugh as they ran out to an unconvincing 30-12 win. 

In what was David Simmons farewell match (and his 200th at NRL level) the Panthers struck first through Will Smith despite lacking an out-and-out half.

Apisai Koriosau and Tyrone Peachey formed a makeshift halves combination and it would go on to show in a match that featured 21 penalties and 24 errors. 

Second Last. ✌️ #didntevenwinthewoodenspoon #penrithpanthers #cheersquad #lastgameoftheseason #nrl

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Newcastle would enjoy a 12-8 lead at the break but a more consolidated effort from Penrith saw them open up a handy lead late in the match. 

The late season clash was not bereft of controversy either when Nathan Ross tackled (dangerously) Dean Whare without the ball, sparking a flurry of 'violence'.  Amazingly no players were reprimanded further than a penalty and the game continued. 

In the final moments David Simmons was offered the chance to convert the Panthers final try and he did so in similar fashion to how he's conducted the rest of his career: professionally and with great success. 

2015 can now be largely forgotten for Penrith. The dreaded wooden spoon has been avoided and other than some exciting young potential future players there's not a lot that can be taken from an eclectic season for Penrith. 

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