The Cowra Magpies have had victory snatched from them in the dying minutes of the Group 10 grand final on Sunday, going down to Bathurst Panthers 12-10.
Panthers trailed 10-0 at the break after conceding two early tries in the opening 13 minutes.
Cowra hooker Benji John went himself from dummy-half to open the scoring before centre Lee McClintock, one of Cowra’s best on the day, finished off a sweeping play from left to right.
It became an arm wrestle and Panthers hung in, determined not to concede again.
It was in the 57th when the deadlock was broken with Panthers’ lock Blake Hewitt crashing over and Wright converted to reduce the deficit to 10-6.
With minutes remaining, still trailing 10-6, Panthers winger Andrew Mendes scored the equaliser and Wright’s opportunity arose.