The Canterbury Bulldogs defeated the Penrith Panthers 18-16 in a nail biting contest that went down to the final minute at Pepper Stadium.
The Panthers came out fired up celebrating their 50 year anniversary. Young front rower Regan Campbell-Gillard provided heavy contact in a tackle on Aiden Tolman to dislodge the ball, putting the Panthers in great field position for their first points of a Jamie Soward grubber kick to Peta Hiku in the 3rd Minute.
The points continued to come, the Panthers scoring again in the 10th minute with a rampaging Sam McKendry off an inside ball from Peter Wallace to crash over the line followed by a penalty goal to push the score out to 14-0.
The Bulldogs scored a try to William Hopoate in the 23rd minute with a pass from Moses Mbye’s line break taking the scores to 14-6 at halftime.
The Panthers were the first to score points after halftime with Soward kicking a penalty goal in the 49th minute. An offload from Josh Jackson to Josh Reynolds set the Bulldogs up in good field position for Moses Mbye to score a try off the next play, with a determined run in the 59th minute, setting the game up for a thrilling finish with a score of 16-12.
In the final minute of the game Moses Mbye crossed for his second try thanks to a Josh Morris inside ball to set up debutant Kerrod Holland to kick the winning conversion. Final score: 18-16. – James Wardell
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