Panther Josh Mansour ‘robs’ teammate Stephen Crichton in penalty try call

The Penrith Panthers are cruising towards the minor premiership with a dominant first half against the North Queensland Cowboys.

A win will be the side’s 14th straight as it seems the only ones who can deny them tries are their own teammates.

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Having already rushed out to a 10-0 lead after 12 minutes, the Panthers scored again immediately with try scoring centre Stephen Crichton leading the chase after a brilliant grubber from Jerome Luai only to be taken out by Kyle Feldt in one of the clearest penalty tries of the season.

Only his winger Josh Mansour was also quick to the ball, grounding it in the in-goal.

“This will be a penalty try for sure, 100 per cent,” Steve Roach said on Fox League as the referee sent it up as a penalty try.

But Dan Ginnane asked: “If Mansour gets it down first, do we take it off Crichton even though it‘s an obvious penalty try?

“We agree it’s a try, it’s just whether it’s a penalty try.”

It turns out you do take it off Crichton and give it to Mansour.

Crichton looks on as Mansour steals his try.Source:FOX SPORTS

It‘s a shame for Crichton, who is equal second on the NRL try scoring ladder with 15 tries for the season after scored the second try of the night – he would have been just one try behind the Wests Tigers’ David Nofoaluma in first if he had been awarded the penalty try.

“That video ref may have cost Crichton the try scoring title,” Ginnane added. “But it’s a Penrith try and that’s all that really matters.”

Roach said it was “a professional foul on the way through for the man trying to get the ball, he should be in the sin bin for that”.

Even the Panthers social media team believed Crichton was robbed.

Great awareness from @Josh_Mansour robs Stephen Crichton of a certain penalty try 👀

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And Nathan Cleary may have preferred a penalty try, with the kick from fairly wide out which he missed, compared to a kick from directly in front.

Ultimately it didn’t really matter, with the Panthers cruising to a 20-0 lead at the break in a dominating performance.

Crichton might still have a chance at a few more four-pointers with the way Penrith are playing.

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