Penrith Panthers half James Maloney

In a physical contest for the eighty minutes, it was the Penrith Panthers who came out on top to defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Led by half James Maloney, Penrith now move into second spot after the win.

After trailing 12-2 at half-time, Penrith were yet again forced to come-from-behind to win.

Although, their win was soured by further injures; a possible shoulder dislocation for Dylan Edwards.

Although the Dogs side started the game well, they fell apart as Maloney picked apart their disjointed defensive line.

The match had several Origin implications, as NSW look to find the forwards to give them the advantage over QLD.

It pitted David Klemmer and Aaron Woods against Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Trent Merrin.

The Dogs were out of the blocks early as Moses Mbye and Kieran Foran played a hand in their two opening tries.

The first, Mbye found winger Marcelo Montoya. The second, Foran got a ball away to centre Will Hopoate.

Penrith looked down and out but a try on the cusp of half-time to back-rower Corey Harawira-Naera let them back into the game.

From there, Penrith dominated as Moses Leota, Isaah Yeo and some Maloney penalty goals shored up the win.

The Dogs attack is a concern, averaging just fourteen points per game this season.

Although Penrith have no concerns scoring points, they have a mounting injury toll to worry about.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin praised his team for their resiliency and the way they fought back.

“It was a strong win for us as a club, having a lot of changes every week and in the game I thought the Dogs were really good in the first 20 minutes with field position,” he said.

“They were pretty slick and committed.

“To be resilient and get back into the game was a real good sign for us as a team.”

For the Dogs, it is quite simple. They just cannot capitalise on their opportunities and coach Dean Pay knows it.

“It was really frustrating,” Pay said.

“It’s like every week, we missed out on a couple of opportunities. For one reason or another we can’t crack those opportunities or take them at a given moment.”

Player of the Game:

3. James Maloney

2. Moses Mbye

  1. Moses Leota

By ricky

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