‘The f*** was that for?’: Panthers ship ‘best captain’s problem’ in NRL historical past

Panthers enforcer Spencer Leniu has delivered the “best captain’s challenge” ever seen because the NRL launched the rule forward of the 2020 season.

With three minutes on the clock within the first half Knights halfback Jackson Hastings put in a chip behind Penrith’s defence with Tyson Gamble chasing the ball.

He hit the bottom throughout his cost and referee Peter Gough instantly despatched Leniu to the bin — and the bench prop was left completely shocked.

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The 22-year-old protested with the referee and may very well be seen saying “what the f*** was that for?” to his teammates earlier than the Panthers referred to as for a captain’s problem.

League legend Michael Ennis backed Leniu and mentioned Gamble had actually tripped over Sorensen’s toes.

“It’s Sorensen, not Leniu. Leniu has done nothing wrong. Leniu doesn’t touch anyone, he collides with Sorensen,” Ennis mentioned on Fox League’s Super Saturday protection.

Upon the Bunker’s evaluate it grew to become clear Leniu solely had eyes for the ball and Gamble had fallen over after contacting Sorensen.

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“Spencer Leniu turns to face the ball, the contact is incidental, the kick is then diffused in goal,” Bunker referee Ashley Klein mentioned.

Penrith then obtained a 20-metre restart as a substitute of gifting away area place because the rating sat 14-6 in an enormous flip of occasions.

Both Ennis and commentator Warren Smith have been shocked how shortly the Panthers’ fortunes had shifted.

“What a change of events here. That’s the best captain’s challenge we’ve seen. Adam O’Brien can’t believe it,” Ennis mentioned.

“They were about to concede at least two points and be down to 12 men, instead Penrith get possession and get seven tackles to begin from the 20,” Smith mentioned.

“It might be the best captain’s challenge you’ve ever seen… an incredible call.”

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