The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NYC side has been defeated by the Penrith Panthers, 36-18 at Pepper Stadium tonight.
The Bulldogs were impressive in the first 40 and led 18-10 at the break, before the third placed Panthers showed why they are one of the competition front runners in the competition, scoring five unanswered tries to win.
The home side was first to score when Billy Burns re-gathered his own charge down and sprinted 50 metres to score.
The game went from one end of the field to the next with both sides missing out a number of chances, before the Bulldogs crossed through winger Blake Clayton on debut. Adam Keighran converted and the visitors led 6-4.
The Panthers were next on the score sheet when Billy Burns scored his second of the match off the back of a Wayde Egan 40/20. Dean Blore converted to put the home side in front.
The final ten minutes of the half saw the Bulldogs grab two tries through five-eighth Keighran and winger Tui Katoa. Both tries were converted and the Dogs led 18-10 at the break.
The second half didn’t start well for the visitors when Panthers skipper Wayde Egan crashed over in the 42nd minute to close the half time gap by four.
From that moment on, the momentum was with the Panthers and unfortunately the Bulldogs were unable to stop the home sides attack.
Back rower William Burns completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute, before three more tries in the 63rd, 66th and the 72nd minute gave the Panthers their 12th win of the season.
The final result, a 36-18 win for the Panthers.
Panthers 36 (Burns 3, Egan 2, Brown, Blore tries: Blore 4 goals)
Bulldogs 18 (Katoa, Clayton, Keighran tries: Doolan 2, Keighran 1 goals)