All-square in the NYC
In a high quality contest matching the first and third ranked teams on the NYC ladder, the Sharks and Panthers have played out a draw at Pepper Stadium.
In a game of sea-sawing fortunes the Sharks fought back late in the first half, gained a handy lead, before the Panthers responded to force a tie as the two teams shared the competition points.
The Sharks opened the scoring when Sione Katoa in the touched down in the south-western corner early in the match but from there the Panthers assumed control.
Three Penrith tries, a couple of them a bit soft and sure to have disappointed coach John Morris, but at 18-6 the Sharks managed to respond.
A Kyle Flanagan line break changed the momentum, with a Panther sent to the sin bin after a professional foul from the ensuing play the ball and when Isaac Lumelume strolled through a gap to score the Sharks second, it was 18-12 with half time approaching.
Not quite finished and using the extra man to their advantage, the Sharks were in again, this time it was Ryan King crashing over under posts, with the Flanagan conversion leveling the scores going into the break.
With the run of play still going there way the Sharks would build up a nice lead, skipper Jack Williams scoring, before King would get his second, this time after a determined 15-metre charge through the middle of the Penrith ruck.
Both tries were converted by Flanagan and it was 30-18 Sharks but with plenty of time remaining.
Penrith would narrow the margin with a spectacular diving try to winger Brian Too, converted from near touch and with 20-minutes remaining it was 30-24 Sharks.
The two teams went set for set from there, with the Sharks holding on until a six-again call saw hooker Wayde Egan eventually exploit a tired defense and dive over in the 77th minute, the conversion leveling the scores and setting up a grandstand finish.
Neither side really had an opportunity to snatch the win late with the final score line reading at 30-apiece in what was an entertaining contest.
The NYC Sharks move to 9 competition points and should maintain their place inside the top eight after the seventh round of the 2017 season.
Ryan King 2, Isaac Lumelume, Sione Katoa, Jack Williams tries, Kyle Flanagan 5 goals