League Wrap ROUND 12: 1-4 JUNE 2007
PANTHERS 22 - SEA EAGLES 16 In the day of the underdogs, Friday night football kicked off in Penrith with the Panthers posting a 22-16 victory over competition leaders Manly Sea Eagles. Despite a 13-5 penalty count in favour of the Sea Eagles, the Penrith side proved too good in scoring four tries to three. It was a timely albeit sensational win for the Panthers who find themselves outside of the top eight on 10 points.
The result could trigger something of a resurgence for the Panthers with the mountaineers taking on an out-of-form Rabbitohs this Friday. The Sea Eagles have a bye next round and should bounce back when they too take on the Rabbitohs in round 14.
DRAGONS 11 - BRONCOS 4 Meanwhile in Kogarah, an injury-ravaged St George Illawarra Dragons side were outlasting a full strength Brisbane Broncos, Saints defeating the reigning premiers by 11-4. With the Dragons fielding no less than 31 first graders this season, and the red hot Broncos annihilating the Knights by 71-6 just five days earlier, it was hard to see anthing other than a Brisbane victory. But an enthusiatic baby Dragons outfit overcame the odds, the result had punters scurrying for cover while bookies were laughing all the way to the bank. At the forefront for the Dragons was former Rooster Jamie Soward. A mid-week signing for the Dragons, the half back only shaking hands with most of his new teams mates for the first time a few days earlier.
The NRL ladder sees the Dragons now on 10 points - still one win out of the eight and one loss away from the bottom. The Broncos, on eight points, are periously close to the wooden spoon. With the possiblity of the Broncos heading from premiership to spoon in the space of one season, at least one League Unlimited forum member is already calling it "the worst capituation since 1908".