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The ISP Panthers have fallen to an 18-14 defeat at the hands of Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in a scrappy affair at St Mary’s Stadium.

A relieving penalty inside five minutes helped the Bulldogs up field on their way to scoring the opening points of the game.

Francis Tualau found himself one-on-one close to the line and managed to barge over the defence, before Rhyse Martin’s kick gave the visitors a 6-0 lead.

It would only last a matter of moments, though, as the Panthers capitalised on their own penalty.

A jinking Jarome Luai offloaded to Mitch Rein who punched through the defence to level the scores after Darren Nicolls’ conversion.

More ill-discipline would create another opportunity for the Bulldogs to attack the Panthers line and they once again converted through Josh Cleeland.

The five-eighth managed to squeeze through a gap in the defence to push the score out to 12-6 following another successful Martin conversion.

Their lead doubled just shy of the half-hour mark through skipper Craig Garvey.

A quick play the ball under the black dot allowed the dummy-half to scoot over for his side’s third try before the break.

HALF TIME: Penrith Panthers 6 – 18 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

An error-riddled opening to the second half blighted both sides’ opportunities to build pressure in the opposition half before some inspiration from Nicholls.

A 40/20 from the five-eighth inside the hour mark would set the platform for Dylan Edwards to score, courtesy of another Luai offload, and cut the deficit to eight points.

A late try to Lachlan Stein on the stroke of full-time brought the Panthers back to within four points; however, it would prove to be only a consolation try as a host of attacking opportunities were squandered to hand the Bulldogs victory.

FULL TIME: Penrith Panthers 14 – 18 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Acknowledgement of Country

Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.