Daine plane has landed
RUGBY LEAGUE: Daine Laurie's dream run for the Penrith Panther's Holden Cup team has come to an end, with the NYC side bowing out of the finals race last weekend.
The Panthers went down to Parramatta 28-6 at their preliminary final at Allianz Stadium, denying the side their third grand final appearance in as many years.
The Panthers had their chances in the first half, but defensive and handling errors allowed the Eels to take advantage and never looked back, scoring early in the seventh minute.
The Penrith side hit back ten minutes later with a try, but the lead was short lived with Parramatta scoring their second try of the match midway through the half.
Laurie had an opportunity to get his team back in the match with the flying winger leaping above his opposite man to claim a towering kick, but a knock-on attempting to ground the ball cost him a four-pointer.
The second half was all one-way traffic, with Parramatta extending their lead with another three tries putting the Panthers' grand final dreams to bed.
Laurie has had a break-out season with the Panthers this year after earning a call up to the NYC team in August this year.
Coach David Tangata-Toa said his debut would have come sooner if it weren't for Laurie's schoolboy footy commitments.
Since his debut Laurie has lit up the highlight reels, including a bagging a hat-trick against the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 26.