Round 3 review Bulldogs vs Panthers

The first Friday night game for round 3 seen the Bulldogs (0-2) hosting the Panthers (2-0). The Bulldogs headed into the game with a few lineup changes, none bigger that Frawley being dropped and Marshall-King starting his first game of NRL. Whilst Penrith were just hopefully for a better start to the game after trailing 14-0 in both games to date.

The Bulldogs had the best of the early ball and it resulted in the first try of the match through Mbye. This just resulted in the obstruction area becoming even greyer as Maloney was hit in the defensive line, limiting his effort in stopping the try.

The Panthers looked to be going in on the right edge of the field after 3 consecutive penalties with little to no warning by the refs. Up steps the 200 game Bulldog Josh Morris with a 100 metre intercept thrown by Cleary and with Mbye making the conversion it was 10-0.

A Maloney obstruction call gifted the Bulldogs some more attacking possesion and after a lucky grubber out of dummy half that went around like a pinball Hopoate was able to gather and get it on the white line and for the third straight week the Panthers trailed 14-0.

In previous weeks it took something special for the Panthers to get on the board and this week was no different with second rower Yeo making a break down the left edge with a massive palm and at full stride you could have mistaken him for a winger. He drew in the defenders at the back and gave the ball to Maloney to cross for the Panthers first try.

An Mbye break down the field from a kick return resulted in Bulldogs having some attacking field possesion again and just like the start of the game, a backline play down the right side resulted in him scoring his second.

Panthers were able to strick back just moments later with a Kikau giving a lovely offload for Edwards to get over. With Cleary converting the Bulldogs had a 20-12 lead at halftime.

The second half started slow, with Cleary ruled out for the rest of the match through injury, a head knock to Lichaa seen Brown come on into hooker and almost had immediate success, though the bunker ruled a no try die to obstruction.

The second half continued to be quiet as Bulldogs returned to 2017 and the Panther lack direction without Cleary on the field. Up steps Josh Mansour with a superman like type try diving over in the corner and with Maloney taking over kicking duties he nails the sideline conversion and a 2 point game with 7 to go.

But unfortunately for the Panthers that was as close as they got as the Bulldogs were able to wind down the clock and earn their first win of the season.

Key moment of the game:
Cleary not returning for the second half

Boom's player of the game:
Moses Mbye



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