BATHURST St Pat’s hooker Trent Hemsworth kicked a late penalty goal to secure his side a 20-all draw in yesterday’s thrilling Tooheys Group 10 derby at St Pat’s Sporting Complex.
Hemsworth kicked the goal with about six minutes remaining after a heavy tackle on St Pat’s centre Mark Elliott.
Earlier, Panthers’ forward Owen Seaman slipped his arm through a two-man tackle to ground the ball and set up a tense finale as his side snatched a 20-18 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
St Pat’s coach Dave Scott said a brief lapse in the second half saw hurt his side, but he was relatively happy with the result.
Scott praised St Pat’s captain Soane Finau in particular for his consistent leadership.
“I just thought the game by my front rower and captain Soane Finau was amazing, outstanding, he’s ageless. I can’t speak highly enough of him,” Scott said.
“Sam Baumberger’s hits were awesome and David Chapman, who played almost two full games today, was outstanding.
“To come away with a draw today is not a bad effort.
“We set ourselves a goal a while ago for the next three games and we’ve had two wins and a draw out of that, so I’m relatively happy.”
The Bathurst derby was was expected to be physical and the crowd wasn’t disappointed.
Panthers’ Dave Elvy, making his debut for the club, came off worse for wear after smacking into the leg of Finau in the first minute. Elvy was forced to leave the field.
Soon after, Panthers’ captain-coach John Fearnley was taken to hospital after sustaining an achilles injury, putting his playing future this season in doubt.
Despite the setbacks, Panthers rallied with Stanley Latu scoring the first points of the game after receiving a brilliant pass from Marty O’Connell.
It took 10 minutes for the Saints to reply with winger Christian Dowling putting the first try on the board for St Pat’s.
Possession was dominated by Panthers in the first half, but Saints made the most of the opportunities that came their way.
The scores were locked at 14-all at half-time, Tim Kaufusi scoring Panthers’ second try, while Chris Osborne and Mark Elliott also added first half tries for St Pat’s.
After the match, O’Connell said his side had mixed feelings about the result.
“We could have got away with the points, but it was disappointing in the end,” he said.
“I think they (St Pat’s) got a few too many offloads on us.
“The boys really dug in in defence and it’s a credit to us.
“It was a tough game of football.”
St Pat’s are away to Cowra and Panthers at home to an out of form Orange Hawks this week.
BATHURST ST PAT’S 20 (Shane Antheas, Mark Elliott, Christian Dowling, Chris Osborne tries, Trent Hemsworth 2 goals) drew with BATHURST PANTHERS 20 (Tim Kaufusi, Stanley Latu, Owen Seaman tries, Seaman 4 goals).
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