Five Points: Bulldogs v Panthers

As the Bulldogs prepare to take on the Penrith Panthers this Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium, we take a look at five reasons why you can’t miss this match.

Sunday afternoon footy

Sunday afternoons and NRL footy are a match made in heaven and this weekend will mark the second time the Bulldogs have hosted a game at the family-friendly time of 4pm at ANZ Stadium.

With dry weather forecast for this weekend, there are lots of reasons to bring the family out and enjoy all the fun activities* at the Bulldogs Family Fun Zone.

Celebrating Des’ 350th game as Coach

It’s not every day your Coach becomes the 10th NRL Coach in history to reach 350 NRL games.

This week’s clash with the Panthers will see Des coach a team for the 350th time. Hasler’s career began at the Manly Sea Eagles where he coached the Brookvale based side for 206 games before moving to the Bulldogs in 2012.

His first game as Head Coach of the blue and whites was against the Panthers and resulted in a 22-14 win.

The Bulldogs were able to give Des a win in his 250th and 300th game as Coach, so hopefully he can remember his 350th with a win against the Panthers.

IT'S a battle for the title of Best in the West when rivals the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Penrith Panthers unleash at ANZ Stadium.

ISP Returns before First Grade

The game before the NRL fixture this weekend will see the Bulldogs Intrust Super Premiership side play the Penrith Panthers.

It will be the second time this year the club’s reserve grade team has played at ANZ Stadium before the main game, following their Round Nine clash with Mounties.

It’s a great opportunity for our members and fans to see the likes of Brad Abbey, Tyrone Phillips, Zac Woolford, Richie Kennar and Chase Stanley in action.

Origin Players Return

This week’s clash will see Brett Morris, David Klemmer and Josh Jackson be available to play following the opening game of the State of Origin series.

The trio were unavailable for the Bulldogs 9-8 defeat to the Sharks last weekend, but will play on Sunday afternoon given they all come through the Origin opener unscathed.

Make amends for 2016 Finals Exit

Sunday’s clash at ANZ Stadium will be the first time the Bulldogs and Panthers meet following the opening game of the 2016 finals series.

The result went the way of the Panthers and despite leading at the break, the Bulldogs were unable to get the result.

After three losses over the past three weeks and the memory of the last clash, the Bulldogs will need no extra motivation going into this weekend.