Raiders and Knights draw, Panthers comeback stuns Broncos


Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders played out a scintillating 24-24 draw as the NRL saw its first tie since 2013 on Saturday.

The Knights were also involved on that occasion, when they drew with Brisbane Broncos, and the hosts mounted a spirited second-half comeback here before they were forced into the golden-point period by Brenko Lee's late try.

But in the 10 extra minutes, neither side could clinch the golden point, both missing with drop-goal attempts before ultimately settling for a point apiece.

The raiders stormed into a 16-0 lead inside half an hour thanks to tries from Josh Papalii, Iosia Soliola and Jordan Rapana, but the Knights reduced the deficit just before the break through debutant Corey Denniss.

Sam Mataora, Peter Mata'utia and a second try for Denniss had the Knights 24-18 in front but with less than five minutes remaining Rapana's superb pass set up Lee, Jarrod Croker adding the extras to bring the scores level.

Croker missed with a penalty from halfway to win it, and in golden-point, the Knights' Trent Hodkinson failed with three drop-goal attempts, while Sam Williams also missed on two occasions for the visitors as the sides ended an enthralling encounter with a point each.

There was a similarly dramatic ending at Pepper Stadium, as Penrith Panthers completed a remarkable turnaround against the Broncos.

The Panthers were trailing 22-6 at one stage, but fought back thanks to scores from Bryce Cartwright, Jeremy Latimore and Te Maire Martin, the latter subsequently marking a dream debut with the decisive drop-goal three minutes from time to seal a 23-22 victory.

Elsewhere, Gold Coast Titans ran in four tries in 18 second-half minutes en route to a 30-18 home win over Wests Tigers.