On Friday night reigning Premiers Penrith Panthers and rivals Parramatta Eels served up a classic encounter as the Eels again toppled one of the two title favourites having already beaten Melbourne.
The narrative coming out of the game centred around this and how the Eels are now a major threat to Penrith’s crown.
However, there was equal focus on the rare miss from the league’s best goalkicker Nathan Cleary when his side was 14-10 up which would go on to cost the Panthers as they lost 22-20. The Panthers went into the game unbeaten and boasting a 21-game unbeaten record at home as they again seemed unstoppable until the Eels rolled into town.
That said, there was an overlooked hint of controversy about the Eels’ win. Following the try which gave the Panthers that 14-10 lead, Cleary sized up his conversion attempt. As he struck the ball towards the posts the Parramatta trainer began running underneath them potentially obscuring Cleary’s view resulting in the miss which would cost his side their unbeaten run.
Now it has been revealed that the NRL are investigating the incident according to the Daily Telegraph on Instagram:
It remains to be seen what kind of verdict the investigation will yield and what punishment, if any, would befall the Eels. It’s unlikely to take the gloss off a fantastic win for the Eels nor ameliorate Penrith’s annoyance at a first defeat of 2022.