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Young Panthers pound the Dogs

Young Panthers pound the Dogs
Penrith Panthers NYC v Bulldogs NYC, Pepper Stadium, Penrith. Photo by Jeff Lambert (Penrith Panthers)

The NYC Penrith Panthers have reminded the competition why they were last year’s premiers with an emphatic 46-6 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium.

28 unanswered first-half points set up the comfortable victory following last week’s last gasp loss to the Raiders.

The Panthers started the match with a strong set of six but conceded a penalty straight away in defence to gift the Bulldogs early field territory. Dylan Edwards awkwardly grounded a grubber to relieve some pressure with the Dogs eventually knocking on a few plays after the drop out.

On six minutes a Penrith kick earned a repeat set and Ratu Tissues continued his fine form crossing over on the right hand side after some quick passing from the Panthers created an overlap. Cleary converted to put Penrith 6-0 up early.

Following a great tackle from Rob Jennings who turned defence in to attack, the Panthers found themselves another try in the 15th minute through a powerful Braidon Burns who ran 30m and steamrolled a defender on the line to cross over. Cleary this time couldn’t convert giving Penrith a 10-0 lead.

It was to be the same try scorer in the 20th minute as the Panthers further extended their lead with Burns embracing open space and side footing the fullback to again find his way over the Dogs line. Cleary made no mistake with the conversion to make the score 16-0 Penrith’s way.

A few minutes later the Panthers showed composure in defence to repel a Dogs attack and eventually force a knock on.

It was another case of defence turning in to attack for Penrith in the 29th minute as Cleary played a brilliant pass for fullback Dylan Edwards who raced clear and beat his opposite number to cross under the uprights. Conversion again successful from Cleary cementing a 22-0 lead for the Panthers.

With five minutes of the half remaining, Canterbury dropped the ball cold 20 metres out and Panthers captain Tyrone May found himself with the ball, feigned to pass and found a huge hole in the Dogs line to add another Penrith try. Cleary’s conversion was again successful making it 28-0 to the Panthers at the break.

HALFTIME 28-0 Panthers

Penrith started the second-half where they left off forcing repeat sets with a nicely weighted grubber into the in-goal. 

A Bulldogs knock-on 20m out allowed the Panthers to continue their attack with Burns almost securing a hat-trick of tries in the 45th minute only to be denied on grounding over in the left corner.

Penrith weren’t to be denied another try in the 50th minute however as Edwards showed plenty of pace to secure his second of the game after the Panthers created numbers on the break 40m out through Fuimanu Enese. Cleary converted from right in front to extend Penrith’s lead to 34-0.

Edwards secured his third try not long after as he beat two Canterbury defenders with pace and movement 10m from the try line. Conversion successful from Cleary making it 40-0 to the Panthers.

Penrith continued to press the Bulldogs defence and it was rewarded in the 61st minute as captain May easily brushed past two tacklers and showed enough speed to beat the Dogs fullback to secure his second try of the game. Cleary converted from right in front to extend the Panthers lead to 46-0.

A few minutes later Penrith pulled up their sleeves in defence to hold out the Dogs a few metres out from the Panthers line.

On 67 minutes Enese dropped a high ball out wide to hand Canterbury a repeat set 10 metres out but again the Panthers showed grit in defence to keep them scoreless.

It wasn’t to stay that way however with Dogs forward Siaopo Tagaloa forcing his way over the line in the 70th minute. Zac Greene converted to make the scores 46-6 Penrith.

The Bulldogs continued to push for more points to reduce the difference but the Panthers managed to hold them up on the line in the 74th and 76th minute.

Penrith pushed for a late try to wrap up the win but they couldn’t quite manage it, a convincing win regardless.

FULLTIME 46-6 Panthers

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