Hostplus Match Preview: Round 21
It’ll be a case of more of the same for the Panthers when they welcome a beleaguered Bulldogs outfit to Pepper Stadium on Thursday night.
Having won seven of their past nine games, the Panthers are peeping in to the top half of the table with one of the strongest form lines in the competition, while the Bulldogs are on the brink of imploding as questions continue to be asked of players and coach.
The Panthers built on their impressive mid-season resurgence by overcoming a sluggish start and contentious decisions to defeat Gold Cast 24-16 last Saturday.
A double for Waqa Blake and an intercept try from Matt Moylan helped seal the win after referee Gavin Badger’s mind-boggling interpretation helped the Titans get back in to the game at 14-10.
That win would cost the Panthers their captain for the afternoon and rule him out of the Bulldogs clash in what is coach Anthony Griffin’s only change to the side. Tyrone May is his direct replacement in the halves after a successful debut a fortnight ago against the Warriors.
Injured pair Dean Whare (jaw) and Bryce Cartwright (knee) are both named on the reserves list as they fight their way back to full fitness. Cartwright starred in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW side’s commanding victory over Illawarra, scoring a try and having a hand in two others.