Panthers beat Canterbury, advance to NRL playoffs 2nd round

SYDNEY (AP) " The Penrith Panthers outclassed the Canterbury Bulldogs 28-12 on Sunday in a National Rugby League elimination final.

The win moved the Panthers into the second round against the Canberra Raiders, who lost their Saturday match 16-14 to the Cronulla Sharks, but remained in the playoffs due to the NRL's second-chance format for the top four teams.

On Saturday, captain Cameron Smith kicked a late penalty goal to clinch the Melbourne Storm's 16-10 win over the defending champion North Queensland Cowboys. The win gave the Storm a second-round bye and sent the Cowboys into a match next Friday against fellow Queensland state side Brisbane.

A 75th-minute penalty goal from James Maloney gave Cronulla its win over Canberra, advancing the Sharks straight to the semifinals.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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