A strong second-half display has helped the Penrith Panthers end the Brisbane Broncos' finals crusade at the foot of the mountains tonight, with 8,817 watching the hosts take out a 28-12 victory to stay in touch with the race for eighth.
Penrith started the dominant side in the first half and were able to open their account through captain Kevin Kingston in the fifth minute. Brisbane were to hit back near the 20-minute mark, with Corey Oates registering his side's first points. Penrith took the lead back a little over five minutes later through a simple try to James Segeyaro, before Oates' second in the shadows of halftime gave the game a 12-all scoreline going into the break.
Segeyaro picked up where he left off just six minutes into the second half, fooling the defence out of dummy half again to put his side back in the lead. The hosts then continued to hold out the Broncos onslaught until they jagged a penalty goal in the 70th minute, providing an eight point buffer.
Interchange hooker Segeyaro was the man to provide the icing on the cake nearing fulltime, with a breakaway leading to his hat-trick, a 28-12 win capped with a second late penalty goal.
The task to make the finals for Penrith still remains uneasy - they face Canterbury and Manly on the road over the final fortnight of the competition. Brisbane are now all but out of the running, needing to win both remaining matches against Newcastle and Canterbury to sneak into the eight, while hoping teams ahead lose games.