Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury Bulldogs, NRL 2018


An elastic Penrith has overcome a growing injury crisis at edge Canterbury 22-14 and moves in second place on the NRL ladder.

Fullback Dylan Edwards (dislocated shoulder) joined Peter Wallace (neck) on the sidelines on Friday when the league's biggest accident department hit two digits.

But it was not enough to deter the pants from coming back from 10 points down, with halfback and stand-in captain James Maloney again the main architect in a willing competition.

Maloney continued his star chart for his new club, with one hand in all three Penrith's attempts and converted four goals from five attempts to steer them into their sixth win in seven games.

Penrith was four to four by half an hour when Moses Leota paved the way to steal the lead for Moses Mbye to level the score with a penalty goal not long after.

However, a Maloney penalty shot in the 59th and an Isaah Yeo trial followed eight minutes later before the established NSW State of Origin star sealed the victory by two more points.

The game but w as rocket when Panthers player Dean Whare caught Bulldog's player Jeremy Marshall-King ignorant with a potential tackle of the year.

The defeat means that Bulldogs have lost four of their last five and are mired in 14th place.

The Edwards and Wallace ailments add to a crowded accident department, including Nathan Cleary and Sam McKendry (both knees), Josh Mansour, Waqa Blake (ankle) and Tim Browne (bowel).

Squad members Tyrone May (knee), Tyrone Phillips and Corey Waddell (both pec) are also not available.

Wallace is the only player to be considered a chance for next week's home against North Queensland in Bathurst, leaving coach Anthony Griffin with a maximum of 22 passive men to form a team of 21.

The website got an early run at Panthers Stadium with a penalty goal, only for the competition to swing quickly when Edwards landed unhappily in a run and was forced out of the game.

His departure enabled the bulldogs to destroy P enrith's perimeter left, twice crossed by Marcelo Montoya and Will Hopoate to take an upcoming 12-2 lead.

A late first half attempted that Panther's center Corey Harawira-Naera gave the locals some impulses to the other half, creating one of their boldest wins in the latest memory in front of a 13,765 crowd.

A burning end ended with a handful of small scuffles, which included David Klemmer, who was sinful.




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