A MATT Moylan masterclass has robbed the Raiders of a win in a last-minute thriller in Bathurst.

The Penrith captain set up two tries in the final two minutes of the game to pick Canberra's pocket and steer the Panthers to a fourth consecutive win.

The classy five-eighth scored his side's opening try and had a hand in the other three in another inspiring performance.

Since making the move from fullback into the halves a fortnight ago, Moylan has led the mountain men to a massive win over Canterbury and an impossible comeback victory over the Raiders.

Canberra led 20-12 and looked to have the two competition points in the bag as the clock ticked down to full time.

A deft Moylan short ball on to the chest of a charging Corey Harawira-Naera took the deficit to just two points with a minute to play.

Then, in the final minute of the game, it was Moylan again who broke through the defensive line and offloaded to Tyrone Peachey to score the winner on the bell.

Moylan was snubbed from the NSW Origin side last month and probably won't break into the Blues team for the second game of the series, but his club form is getting hard to ignore.

It took Canberra barely three minutes to hit the scoreboard, off the back of a Trent Merrin error which handed the visitors prime position.

A classy set play from a scrum 10 metres from the tryling saw Jack Wighton tip-on to winger Jordan Rapana who was unmarked and able to stroll across the paint.

 

Waqa Blake of the Panthers tackles Jordan Rapana of the Raiders.
Waqa Blake of the Panthers tackles Jordan Rapana of the Raiders. DEAN LEWINS

It brought up Rapana's 50th NRL try.

Penrith was starved of possession in the opening 10 minutes but when they finally got the ball it didn't take long for Moylan to make a difference.

He got the ball inside 10 metres from the tryline and brushed through a couple of defenders to steal the lead for the Panthers.

They should have probably scored again when the Raiders gave away four consecutive penalties inside their defensive 20 metres, but referee Henry Perenara resisted binning anyone.

Canberra's defensive wall held tight somehow.

 

Blake Austin of the Raiders offloads the ball.
Blake Austin of the Raiders offloads the ball. DEAN LEWINS

When a player from each side - Joe Tapine and Corey Harawira-Naera - was binned on the stroke of half time and reduced the field to 24 men, Penrith finally broke through.

Fresh back from the break, Moylan set up Dylan Edwards to pass to Nathan Cleary on the inside and take the lead to 12-4.

But the Raiders took no time to reply, scoring through Nic Cotric off a bomb kick two minutes later.

The two sides then slugged it out with a two-point buffer separating them, before Elliott Whitehead latched onto a deft Blake Austin chip and offloaded to Joey Leilua to score and retake the lead.

When young winger Cotric dived over on the opposite side of the field minutes later it took the advantage to eight points.

Canberra had the win in the bag. They'd won the game.

That was until Moylan decided to flick the switch as his side scored 12 points in no time and shock the Raiders at the death.

It had to be seen to be believed.

News Corp Australia


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