Moses misses chance to kick home claims

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Mitch Moses has missed a golden chance to kick home his NSW Origin claims and end Penrith's unbeaten home run, sending a penalty shot on the siren wide as Parramatta went down 13-12 in their NRL clash.

Matt Burton booted the Panthers one point clear with a minute to go in a titanic Friday night struggle and the stage was set for Moses after Penrith were penalised from the kick off.

With a State of Origin spot open and two points on the line, Moses lined up the kick from 32 metres out and eight in from touch.

But the shot sailed just to the left of the posts, condemning the Eels to just their fourth loss of the season and taking the Panthers' undefeated run at home to almost two years.

In another possible twist, the Panthers' NSW five-eighth Jarome Luai appeared to twinge his left knee and required attention and strapping during the second half.

He managed to stay on the field, but will go for scans on Saturday in his bid to play Game 3 on July 14.

"Something happened there, but he kept playing," coach Ivan Cleary said.

"I don't think it's too bad. He's moving alright now."

Missed match-winner notwithstanding, there is every chance Blues coach Brad Fittler liked what he saw from Moses as he weighs up what to do with the injured Nathan Cleary's No.7 jersey.

Moses was controlled and patient throughout, dominating the game with his in-play kicking and giving the Eels a clear territorial advantage in the first half.

It was the kind of game that Cleary has mastered for Penrith, and what they appeared to so desperately miss in the first of what they hope is only three games without him.

Moses was composed in the second half and never overplayed his hand before the Panthers were able to make the most of better field position late.

"He stuck to the plan in the toughest conditions," coach Brad Arthur said.

"He did his job, he played well. I thought it was a fair game of footy. A tough game of football, both teams were really physical."

The Eels scored twice from Moses' kicks.

The first came when Waqa Blake batted back a Moses kick and Clint Gutherson found Maika Sivo free on the left wing.

After the break Charlie Staines let one bounce from the halfback before Isaiah Papali'i chased through and capitalised.

The second of those tries gave the Eels the lead, but it was short lived when Penrith hooker Api Koroisau darted through the line off the back of a Luai offload.

Then came the time for Burton to step up.

Playing at centre, with Tyrone May filling in at half, the 21-year-old's first attempt slammed into the left upright from just 20 metres out.

It would have no doubt brought back his repeated shots that hit the posts against Newcastle on debut last year.

But he wouldn't be denied, icing his next opportunity from much the same spot to show the Panthers there is still title hope without Cleary as uncertainty looms over whether the skipper will return this year.

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